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FOR A MEMORIAL."— Ex. xvii, 14. 

ALBANY, N. Y. : 



" Write this for a memorial in a book." — Ex. xvii, 14. 

' So all Israel were reckoned by genealogies." — 1 Chron. 

have ever had a pleasure in obtaining any little anecdotes of my ancestors." 


" The dry branches of genealogical trees bear many pleasant and curious fruits 
those who know how to search after them." — Beecher. 

" He only deserves to be remembered by posterity who treasures up and preserves 
the history of his : 



This book had its origin in the desire of the compiler to know 
something of his own family history. The purpose of compiling 
it was formed in boyhood, after his father's death ; and the first 
crude notes which he committed to paper, containing the facts 
which had been treasured up in his mother's very retentive 
memory, are yet preserved. The occasion of meeting with any 
aged relative was always improved to add something to the in- 
formation already secured, and the swelling bulk of the carefully 
kept " notes," when further interlineations and additions seemed 
inadmissible, made repeatedly necessary the task of transcribing 
and rearranging them, each time in a new and larger volume. 
The series of books which have been thus laboriously filled finds 
an end in the volume which is now presented. 

The family name, common and widely disseminated as it is 
known to be now, was, in the early days of this enterprise, rarely 
met with and scarcely known outside of a few nearly related 
families. It was natural to suppose that all of the name, at least 
in this country, must be descended from a common ancestor, 
discoverable by genealogical researches. How far this early 
belief was from the truth, this collection of records will bear 
but partial evidence. 

Records, more or less nearly complete, of a large number of 
families, the descendants of different American ancestors, not 
known to be otherwise connected than by identity of family name, 
are here presented. These are generally classified according to 
the states in which the ancestors first settled or chiefly resided. 
Of some families, believed to be quite considerable in point of 
numbers, records are almost entirely wanting. Greater fullness 
and accuracy would gladly have been secured, but it was im- 
possible to publish information which those who were applied to 
for it, failed, for various reasons, to furnish. 

To such as have kindly responded to his inquiries, the compiler 
would tender his grateful acknowledgments. 

C. C. D. 


The plan adopted in the arrangement of the following records differs from that of 
any similar work known to the compiler as well as from any system recommended 
by either of the Genealogical Societies. It has seemed to the compiler to be con- 
venient and reasonably simple, and for these reasons, as well as because of the diffi- 
culty of recasting these records to conform them to any other plan, it is retained. 
By means of the marginal numbering, merely, the inquirer may readily trace the 
lineage of any individual of a family either in the ascending or descending line, and 
the necessity of the insertion of figures in parenthesis for purposes of reference is 
avoided ; thus dispensing with what seems usually a complicated and difficult feature 
of publications of this character. 

The compiler's plans will be found to differ from those of most genealogists, also, 
in the fact that he has paid more attention to the descendants of female children 
than is common, often tracing them through several generations, and under various 
changes of names. In England, where the law of primogeniture prevails, genealo- 
gies have little regard except for the descendants of the eldest male cliild in each 
generation. In this country it has been common to preserve the record of the de- 
scendants of all the male children, but to disregard those of the female. Latterly a 
better fashion has been introduced of recording the descendants of all the children, 
though naturally the difficulty of tracing the descendants of female children, in con- 
sequence of changes of name, prevents the extending of such records in most cases as 
far as those of the descendants in the male lines. This feature will be noticed more 
especially in two of the most extended of the records which follow, viz. those com- 
mencing respectively at pages 21 and 411. 

In another respect the plan of the compiler differs from that pursued in most 
works of this nature, in the fact that he'has attempted to give, by means of copious 
foot notes, the genealogical history of those who have come into the Family, or rather 
various Families, by marriage. Thus, where the plan has been successfully carried 
out, the lineage of any one ranking as a descendant of the ancestor first named may 
be traced back on both sides — in the case of the parent, whether father or mother, 
who was also a descendant, by means of the marginal numbers, and in the case of 
the other parent, by means of the foot notes. It seems to the compiler that a study 
of the ancestral qualities on both sides, and equally on one side with the other, is in- 
dispensable in the case of every one who would obey the injunction, Knoiu Thyself. 

It has been attempted, also, herein, to render the record of each single family or 
household complete in itself, to the extent of presenting the history of the parents as 
fully as practicable, and of the children sufficiently to indicate their names, dates and 
places of births and deaths, whether married or single, and, if living, generally the 
place of residence. If a child dies unmarried, the biographical sketch of same, if any, 
is usually introduced in this connection ; if the child marries, the facts, beyond those 
of birth, marriage, and death, or place of residence, are reserved to be stated 
in connection with the re-appearance of the name as that of the head of a family. 
In such case all these facts are restated, and the biographical sketch receives such 
amplification as the circumstances may warrant. Though thus involving the neces- 
sity of a repetition of certain facts, the very desirable object is accomplished of pre- 
senting the family group — the single household — before the eye, upon a single 
page, or as concisely as practicable, yet with all the facts essential to show what has 
been its history as to numbers and members, ages, marriages and locality. 

In these records two columns of marginal numbers are used. The left-hand 
figures are intended to indicate the particular gcfictatioi: to which each individual 
belongs, and in the right-hand column the members of each generation are separately 


numbered in consecutive order. The head of the family, founder, first known an- 
cestor or original emigrant, receives, however, merely the number one (1), which 
indicates that, for the purposes of this work, he is regarded as alone of the first gener- 
ation. His children are numbered 2-1, i-2, 2-3, etc., which indicates that they 
are of the second generation, and the first, second^ third, etc., of that generation in 
chronological order. The children of such of these as become heads of families are 
numbered 3—1, 3-2, 3—3, etc., the numbering in the right-hand column being con- 
secutive as to all the individuals of that generation. The children of those who 
were of the third generation receive the numbers 4-1, 4-2, 4-3, etc., consecutively 
through the entire generation, and the same plan is continued through all the gener- 
ations which follow. This plan does not admit of numbering the children of each 
separate household in chronological order, as is done in most similar works. In 
general, however, this special numbering is more ornamental than useful — the 
number of children in any given family being easily ascertained at a glance — and as 
the separate chronological numbering would involve the necessity of a third column 
of figures, it is dispensed with. 

The numbers attached to the names of heads of families are in larger type than 
those which stand against the names of children. 

In the records of each family let the folloiving particulars be noticed : 

The name of the father is printed in capitals. 

The maiden name of the mother is in italics. 

The letter m. placed after a son's name, indicates that he has married, and that 
the record of his family is to be looked for further on. 

If a daughter has married, the name acquired by marriage is placed in capitals 
after her own, thus also indicating that the record of her family is to be looked for 


To find the son's or daughter's family record, notice the numbers opposite his or 
her name, and \ook forward to where they appear in larger type opposite the same 
name introduced as that of the head of a family. In this method any particular line 
of descent may be followed throughout the work. 

To trace hack the line of an individual's ancestors, find (by the proper index) where 
his name appears in the record, notice the figures opposite the name of his father or 
mother, refer hack to where the same figures appear in smaller type opposite the name 
of a child ; notice again the numbers opposite the name of the parent there mentioned, 
and refer back as before. This method, repeated, will bring the enquirer back to the 
original ancestor. 

used asfolloivs : 

reside, resides, resided, re- 

Revolution, revolution- 
ary: Reverend. 

At. or a. 

for age, aged. 


" about. 


" born. 


" baptized. 


" brother. 


" buried. 

ch., chn. 

" child, children. 


" died. 


« daughter. 


" grand. 


" graduate, graduated. 


I. HiNRY Shepard Da\VS( 



2. Edward Sebried Dawson, yy 

3. George Dawson, ,5, 

4. Henry Barton Dawson jy^ 

5. John Littleton Dawson 1^.6 

6. Andrew Hunter Holmes Dawson, 284 

7. George Francis Dawson, ,10 

8. James A. Dawson 33^ 

9. Nathaniel Henry Rhodes Dawson, 355 

10. William Crosby Dawson, jyj 

11. John Dawson, M. D., 3^^ 

12. William W. Dawson, M. D., 4.00 

13. Charles Carroll Dawson, , Frontispiece. 


1. OftheName: its origin, signification and history, 1-13 

2. New England : notes relating to early settlers, 'S-'g 

Family of Robert Dawson, of East Haven, Conn., 21-128 

" Thomas Dawson, of New Haven, Conn., 129, 130 

" JohnDawson, of Monroe, Conn., 131-134,147 

" Peter Dawson, of Barnet,Vt., 135-140 

" Henry Dawson, of Millbury, Mass., and 

Broad Brook, Conn., 141-147 

3. New York: notes relating to early settlers, 149-153 

Family of Henry Dawson, of Long Island, 154-163 

" Roper Dawson, of Stalen Island and New 

York, 164, 165 

" George Dawson, of New York and Mich- 
igan, 166-169, 180 

" Benjamin F. Dawson, of New York, 170 

" Abraham Dawson, of New York city and 

Ithaca, 171-176 

" Henry Dawson, of Brooklyn and Cohoes, 177, 178 

Families of James and Thomas Dawson, of New York, 178, 179 

" John and James S. Dawson, of Brooklyn, 179, 180 

Family of Henry Hodgeson Dawson, of Syracuse, 181 

4. New Jersey: Family ofFrancisDawson,ofBurlingtonCo., 182-186 

5. Pennsylvania: notes relating to early settlers, 187-189,407^408 

Family of Robert Dawson, of Philadelphia, 189-192 

Elias Dawson, of Philadelphia, 193-197 

" James Dawson, of Cumberland and Wash- 
ington counties, 198-200 

" Robert Dawson, of Westmoreland and 

Washington counties, 201-209 

" William Dawson, of Westmoreland Co., 210-212 

" John Dawson, of Solesbury, 409,410 

" John Dawson, of Hatboro and Philadelphia, 411-499 

" John Dawson, of Northumberland Co.,... 500-502 

Additional Notes 502 

6. Maryland: introductory, 213,214 

Family of Ralph Dawson, of Talbot Co., 215-228 

viii Contents. 

Maryland : Page. 

Family of John Dawson, of Prince George Co 229-268 

" James Dawson, of Alleghany Co., 269-273 

William Dawson, of Caroline Co., 274-297 

" Philemon Dawson, of Dorchester Co., 298-300 

Robert Dawson, of Talbot Co., 301 

" Nicholas Dawson, of Talbot Co., 302, 303, 503-505 

" Sovran Dawson, of Caroline Co., 303 

" John Dawson, of Charles Co., 303, 304 

" Frances Dawson, of Talbot Co., 305-307 

Additional Notes, 506, 507 

7. DiST. OF Columbia : Family of Geo. Francis Dawson, 

of Washington, 308-312 

8. Virginia: introductory, 3i3~3'5 

Family of Martin Dawson, of Amherst Co., 316-322 

John Dawson, of Stafford Co., 323-325 

" John Dawson, of Northumberland Co 325-328 

" Benjamin Dawson, of Va., 328-330 

" William R. Dawson, of Va., 330, 331 

" John Dawson, of Bedford Co 331-334 

" William Henry Dawson, of Blacksburg,.., 334,335 

Notes: Virginians in war of 1812-14, 335 

Confederate Dead, Richmond, 336 

9. North Carolina: Family of JohnDawson, 1754-1765, 337-34' 

Family of Robert Dawson, of Onslow Co., 342, 343 

Other families, 344 

10. South Carolina : Family of John Dawson, of Charleston, 345-361 

Family of Rev. Thomas Dawson, of Pendleton, 362-366 

Notes, 367 

11. Georgia. Family of George Dawson, of Green Co., 368-385 

" John Edmonds Dawson, of Wash- 
ington Co., 386-392 

Notes, 392. 393 

12. Louisiana, 394.395 

13. Ohio: Family of John Dawson, of Green Co 396-40° 

" Moses Dawson, of Cincinnati, 401-404 

" Robert Dawson, of Cuyahoga Co., 405 

Notes, 406 

14. Canada, .-.■ 508-510 

I 5 . List of Union soldiers interred in National cemeteries, etc. 511, 512 

16. Additions and Corrections, 5^3 

1 7. Indexes. L Of Dawsons. 

II. Of other names. 


The desire to know something of the origin, significance and 
history of one's name is no mean or idle curiosity. 

All names are said — and doubtless in some sense truly — to 
have been originally significant ; yet their signification, in many 
cases, can have been but slight or fanciful, and cannot always 
have been considered in their selection or bestowal. 

The sources from which names have been derived are many. 
These include manifold forms of human pursuits, almost all va- 
rieties of bodily and mental characteristics, and a multitude of 
localities, events and objects in nature. 

Names, thus variously derived, have changed with languages 
and customs, and have, in process of time, undergone such 
modifications and corruptions that, in many instances, as we are 
assured by diligent students, the originals cannot be traced. 

However significant and appropriate they may have been ori- 
ginally, names which have descended through several genera- 
tions are likely to have lost their special fitness to those who 
bear them ; and as we daily meet with individuals bearing names 
descriptive of bodily peculiarities the opposite of those which 
they possess, so it is common to find like disagreements between 
the names of persons and their mental or moral qualities. We 
may, therefore, well conclude with Camden,' that " no name 
whatever is to be disliked in respect either of originall or of signi- 
fication ; for neither the good names doe disgrace the bad, neither 
do evil names disgrace the good. If names are to be accounted 
good or bad, in all countries both good and bad have been of 
the same surnames, which, as they participate one with the other 

in glory, so sometimes in shame Time hath confused and 

intermingled all." 

■ William Camden, " Prince of English Antiquaries," autlior of Britannia. 

2 The Daivson Vamily. 

Surnames {over names, for so they were originally written), 
as now used, and transmitted to succeeding generations, are of 
modern invention. At the beginning of the Christian era, and 
for many centuries after, they were unknown ; for although 
surnames were used by the Romans to some extent, they had 
not, among them, the inheritable quality by which they are now 
distinguished. The early converts to Christianity in Europe, 
in laying aside their Pagan names, received such as were con- 
ferred upon them by the missionaries who instructed and bap- 
tized them — names derived from the Scriptures or from church 
history. Their example was followed by others, until the ancient 
Pagan names were almost universally supplanted. With a few 
exceptions, a single name sufficed for each person, and in some 
cases it is said that a whole company would be baptized by the 
same name to save trouble. Thus such names as John, James, 
Matthew, David, Mark, Luke, Peter, Joseph and the like, be- 
came extremely common. Then came surnames by way of 
distinction : among the higher classes at first, finally among all. 
These were formed by adding the name of the parent to the 
personal name, or by adding some name suggested by anything 
peculiar to the person, his residence, condition or estate. Camden 
tells us that surnames began to be settled or hereditary in France 
about the year looo, and in England about the date of the Con- 
quest (1066) or a little before ; also, that the Scots claim a like 
or even greater antiquity for their surnames, although he doubts 
if any have descended to posterity of a date earlier than the 
Conquest. In Ireland and Wales surnames were not adopted 
until long after this time, but were in process of introduction in 
the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. In all Great Britain they 
remained irregular and unfixed among the common people 
throughout a great portion of the middle ages. After the Re- 
formation the introduction of parish registers of births, marriages 
and deaths in England, greatly contributed towards giving them 

As well before as after the introduction of hereditary sur- 
names, the name of the father was used as a surname by the 
child — cither with a prefix denoting son, as Fit'z (Norman), 
Jp (Welsh), Mac (Irish), or with the addition of son (English), 

"The Dawson Family. 3 

or i merely, which is Welsh. The Scotch used both the Irish 
and English forms.' Thus, instead of John the son of John, 
or John yohn's son, the name became, by a slight abbreviation, 
John fohnson, or the Welsh 'Johns, and from this Jones ; and 
these latter came finally to be transmitted as family names. 
Thus, also, were formed the names of Davidson or Davids, in- 
stead of the son of David, or David's son ; Matthewson or Mat- 
thews, instead of Matthew's son, and so on ; and these, with like 
names, constitute a class of surnames of the most obvious origin. 
The diminutives or nicknames of these same originals furnish 
other forms of surnames. The son of one whose name was 
Robert, but nicknamed Rob, might be called RoFs son or Rob- 
son ; the son of Walter, nicknamed Wat, Watson ; and thus, by 
various forms of prefixes and suffixes to the same Christian or 
baptismal name, and its several nicknames and diminutives, a 
considerable variety of surnames may have been formed from 
the same original. McWilliams, Williamson, Willson, Wills, 
and no less than twenty-five other surnames are formed by 
Lower^ from the name of William. The name of David 3 
affords, according to the same author, a variety of surnames 
almost as great and equally as diverse, and among these is reck- 
oned by Camden, Arthur,'* Lower, and other authors, the name 
of Dawson. "Though of ancient standing in Wales," says 
Lower, "this Christian name scarcely appears in England before 
the Conquest. Modified in various forms, it has since produced 
many family names, some of which are among the commonest 
in use, as Davids, Davidson, Davidge ; Davey, Davy, Davie ; 
Davies, Davis, Davison. From Daw,' the nickname, come 
Daws, Dawes, Dawson, Dawkins^, Dawkes, Dawkinson ; and 
from another form of the nickname, according to Camden, we 

' The prefin 0' in Irish names denotes not the son, but a grandson or descendant. 

- Patronymica Britannicaj A Dictionary of the Family Names of" the United King- 
dom, by Mark Antony Lower. 

3 A Hebrew word signifying Bclo'ved. 

* An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names, by William Arthur. 

5 Da (Daw) being a contracted pronunication o( Daihhidh, the Gaelic form of the 
name. Some infer from this derivation of the name that the Dawsons were origin- 
ally a Lowland ofShoot from some clan of the Gaels of the Scottish Highl.iiids. 
It is suggested that if they were English their surname would be more likely to be 

" The nickname Daiv, and diminutive kin, or little. 

4 The Dawson Family. 

get Day, Dayes, Days, Dakin." Of Dow, he remarks that it is 
" probably a corruption of the Gaelic Dhu — ue. black ; but dow or 
doo, the Scottish for dove or pigeon, may be the origin. It also 
appears to have been a personal name, and to have given rise to 
Dowson, Dowse, Dowsing and Dowsett." " Dosson," he 
says, is " the same as Dowson" ; but it will be seen hereafter 
that both these names, as well as Dorson, Dolson and Dauson, 
are sometimes at least merely corruptions, or perhaps only mis- 
prints, of the name Dawson. 

Truly, if, as Lower tells us, we are descendants of some 
early worthy named, and haply baptized, David, and if from 
the same source comes that great array of families which he 
enumerates, the name of our kindred must be legion ! But 
if the name is thus derived, is it to be supposed that we are 
all descended from one original ? Why not many different stocks 
from as many originals so named? ' It is, evident that there may 
have been numerous founders of the name. So, also, of those 
surnames which were derived either from some peculiarity in 
the characters or the persons of the originals, or were suggested 
by occupation or place of residence — as, for instance, the Smiths, 
the Clarks, the Farmers — the Browns and Whites — the Hills, 
Woods and Vales — all of which might originate in a great 
number of separate parishes, as they doubtless did. " There is," 
says Whitmore,^ " one popular fallacy into which too many of 

• From the account of the Anglo-Irish Dawsons which follows in this chapter it 
will be seen that the name was introduced into Ireland about 1600. It is said to be 
a fact, however, that some Irish families who are now known in English as Dawsons 
are really sprunii from septs of much more ancient date. During the time when the 
Penal Laws against Irishmen and Catholics were in force, it was not unusual for 
members of the prescribed race and creed to adopt such English surnames as came 
near to their own either in significance or sound. Thus Dawson is said to be a rather 
frequent surname of the very Gaelic county of Donegal, for families who call them- 
selves in their vernacular either O'Dorrian or MacDavett. Both these names belong 
to different and very ancient septs. No reason whatever appears why an O'Dorrian 
should call himself Dawson, in English, though it is asserted such is the case ; but 
Dawson is an exactly literal translation of Mac Daihkidh (MacDavett or MacDevitt), 
and the facts stated are interesting in connection with the suggestion of a multiplicity 
of original or distinct founders of the family name. (It may be here mentioned, also, 
that the name is borne by sundry " American citizens of African descent," former 
slaves, who adopted their name after that of their late masters on being emancipated. 
A Mr. Dawson is a colored member of the Arkansas state senate, Feb. iSy;^; and 
Lawrence Dawson, colored, was recently proposed as a candidate for Holy Orders in 
the Episcopal Church of South Carolina.) 

» The American Genealogist, by William H. Whitmore. 

The Dawson Fafnily. 5 

our genealogists have fallen, and that is the supposition that all 
the bearers of a given name are descended from a common 
stock." Identity of name, therefore, does not always imply 
identity of origin. It is, however, the first token of kinship, 
and as such is not to be lightly esteemed ; though the fact that 
it does not furnish positive evidence of that relation is not to be 

In regard to the termination "son," which belongs to our 
name in common with a great number of English, Scotch and 
other surnames. Lower remarks that " a popular but very erro- 
neous notion prevails that it indicates a Danish extraction." In 
fact, no evidence as to race can be educed from it. 

According to Burke ' and other writers on the British Peerage, 
the founder of the Dawson family in England was Sir Marma- 
duke D'Ossone (Marmaduke of Ossone). He was one of the 
Norman noblemen who accompanied William the Conqueror into 
England in 1066, and for services rendered in battle is said to 
have received a grant of an estate from his successful leader, and 
to have remained in England during the rest of his life. It is 
said that the original seat of the family was in the county of York. 
The descendants of Sir Marmaduke intermarried with many an- 
cient and some noble families, and the name, by an easy process, 
became changed. Anglicised^ to Dawson. Several of the family 
have been elevated to the British Peerage, and the books of 
heraldry mention no less than fifteen coats of arms belonging to 
individuals and families of this name. These are described in 
the Encyclopedia of Heraldry (Burke, London, 1 844), in the fol- 
lowing order : I. That of the Earlof Portarlington, whose motto 
was as noble as his rank : Vitis via virtus — Virtue is the way of 
life; 2. Viscount Cremorne : motio, Toujours propice— hlvi&ys 
propitious: 3. Family of Penrith, county of Cumberland, 176 1 ; 
4. Of Ireland and London ; 5. Thomas Dawson, Esq., 
Grasmere, county Westmoreland ; 6. James Dawson, Esq., 
Sutterby, county Lincoln, 1664; 7. James Dawson, Esq., of 
Low Wray, near Hawkshead, a Justice of the Peace for Lan- 

■ Dhthnarf „f ihr Prrra^r ami Riittnetnirr of llie Brills/, Empire. By John BiiRKr, 
an author whose works on heraldry and family history are said to be " the first au- 

6 T^he Dawson Family. 

cashire, President of Liverpool Medical Institution, etc, of the 
same family as the Dawsons of Sutterby : motto, Deeds^ not 
words ; 8. Castle Dawson, county Londonderry, as borne by Rt. 
Hon. Geo. Robert Dawson, descended from Thomas Dawson, 
Esq., who purchased Castle Dawson in 1663,' and was of a 
Westmoreland family; 9. London; 10. Newcastle;* 11. 
Spaldington, county of York; 12. Wharton, county of Lan- 
caster; 13. Yorkshire; 14. Dawson; 15. Dawson. (The lo- 
calities of the two last named families not stated). 

The pedigree of the late Earl of Portarlington, (John Daw- 
son) an Irish peer, was, according to Burke, as follows : From 
Sir Marmaduke D'Ossone lineally sprang (being the twentieth 
in descent), Richard Dawson, of Spaldington, in the county of 
York, who married Anne, daughter of Sir Henry Lowther, 
Knight, of Westmoreland county. " From this marriage de- 
scended William Dawson, Esq., the first member of the family 
whom we find in Ireland, a collector of the revenue for the 
counties of Down and Antrim, and the port of Carrickfergus, in 
the reign of Charles the Second. s His son, " Ephraim Daw- 
son, Esq., having purchased the Portarlington and other estates 
in the Queen's county, took up his residence there, and repre- 
sented the same in Parliament in the reigns of George the First 
and George the Second." His son, William Henry Dawson, 
Esq., also M. P. for Oueen'scounty, was made Baron Dawson, 
1770, Viscount Carlow, 1776,- and was succeeded by his son 
John, second Viscount, made Earl of Portarlington, 1785, in 
whose family the title and estates remain. The pedigree of this 
Peer as given by Stockdale,^ differs considerably from the above, 
but he also states that the family is of Norman extraction, and 
claims a lineal descent from Sir Marmaduke D'Ossone. The 
descent is traced from Alexander Dawson, of Spaldington, county 
of York, 1584. 

' In 1633, according to the same author's Landed Gentry, 3 later publication. 
= The representation of daws in this coat of arms suggests the possibility of the name 
having originated, in one family, at least, from some fancied resemblance in the 
founder of it to this bird. Perhaps he was a boisterous talker: 
" The loud daw, his throat displaying, draws 
The whole assembly of his fellow daws." 
But possibly the name may have suggested the device. 
■i Stockdale's Peerage of the United Kingdom. 

The Dawsoti Family. J 

Of another Irish peer, Viscount Cremorne, (Thomas Daw- 
son, created Baron Dartry), of Dawson Grove, In the county of 
Monaghan, grandson of Walter Dawson, who died in 1 718, it 
is stated by Stockdale that his family, which was originally of 
Yorkshire, settled in Ireland in the reign of James the Second.' 
But according to Burke's Peerage, the ancestor of this peer in 
Ireland was Thomas Dawson, who removed from York (West- 
moreland ?)towards the close of the reign of Queen Elizabeth,' 
and became in the succeeding reign 3 a burgess of Armagh. The 
viscounty became extinct in 181 3, but the barony of Cremorne 
descended to Richard Thomas Dawson, of Castle Dawson, 
Monaghan, grand-nephew of the above-named viscount. It 
may be noted in passing that the second wife of Viscount Cre- 
morne was Philadelphia Hannah Freame, of Philadelphia, a 
grand-daughter of William Penn.'* One of the sons of Walter 
Dawson, above-named, was Richard Dawson, an eminent banker 
in Dublin, 1 723-1 776, and other members of the family, being 
excluded from succession to their ancestors' titles and estates 
through the operation of the law of primogeniture, entered the 
army or navy, or took holy orders ; while the same law which 
forced them into these professions must have carried their de- 


= She diedin 1603. In Burke^s Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed 
Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) it is stated that the family was long seated 
at Acornbank, in the parish of Sowery, Westmoreland, and became established in 
Ireland at the opening of the 17th century, when Thomas and Robert Dawson, sons 
of Christopher Dawson, Esq., of Acornbank, settled in that kingdom. The younger 
of the two. Dr. Robert, Dawson, was consecrated Bishop of Clonfert in 1627J the 
elder, Thomas Dawson, went to Ireland in 1601, from Temple Sowerby, Westmore- 
land, and purchased the lands of Castle Dawson, 1633. By another line of descent 
from him, we have the lineage of Robert Peel Dawson, Esq., M.P. from London- 
derry, 1868, as follows : I. Thomas Dawson, above named. 2. His son Thomas 
Dawson, commissary of the musters of the army in Ireland, died 1683. 3. His son, 
Thomas Dawson Esq., of Castle Dawson, M. P. for Antrim. 4. His brother and 
successor, Joshua Dawson, Esq., of same, M.P. for Londonderry, one of the 
barons of the Exchequer, 1741. 6. His nephew and successor, Arthur Dawson, 
Esq., of same, M.P., died 1822. 7. His son, Rt. Hon. Geo. Robert Dawson, of 
same, M.P. for Londonderry, 1815-1833, under Secretary of State for the Home 
Department, 18 23, Secretary of the Treasury, 1828, Privy Councillor, 1830, Secretary 
of the Admiralty, 1834, son-in-law to Sir Robert Peel, and father of Robert Peel 
Dawson, Esq., above named. 

1 James 1, 1603-1625. 

■•An accomplished lady, b. 1740, m. 1770, d. 1826. She was dau. of Thomas 
Freame and Margaret, fourth ch. of William Penn, by his second w., Hannah Cal- 
lowhill. — Watson's Annah of Philadelfhia, p. 108 ; Am. Hiit. Record, vol. i, p. 455. 

8 The Dawson Family. 

scendants back into the common walks of life. The descend- 
ants of these, as well as of the minor branches of the Earl of 
Portarlington's family, must be numerous. There are or have 
been other families of our name in Great Britain possessing 
hereditary titles, but it will not serve any useful purpose in this 
connection to inquire further into their origin or history. The 
above facts have been referred to simply as furnishing data by 
which to trace the rise and spread of the family name, and with- 
out any intention on the part of the compiler hereof of claiming 
connection for any American Dawsons with the noted families 
of our name in Great Britain. Among the younger branches of 
those families, constituting the gentry of the country,' very many 
cases must have occurred where individuals became tradesmen 
and yeomen, losing all recollection of their connection, not even 
preserving the family arms or other memorials. It is not im- 
probable that some of this class may have emigrated to this 
country. " Nonoare so apt to seek foreign shores as those de- 
prived by fortune of the position of their ancestors ;" but where 
there is no evidence from records or other contemporary writings 
of descent from illustrious families, it will be most reasonable to 
conclude that no such relationship exists. 

That the name, however it may have originated, is an ancient 
and highly respectable one, no other evidence need be adduced 
than the foregoing. Of other English bearers of it may be men- 

' One of the ancestors of George Pelsant Dawson, Esq., of Osgodby Hall, co. 
York, barrister, &ir., had eleven sons. The lineage of this gentleman, condensed from 
Burke's Landed Gentry^is as follows: i. Bertram Dawson, the seventh in lineal de- 
scent from Archibald Dawson, of Greystock, in Cumberland, recorded as having 
been with Edward the Black Prime in France, 1345-1356. 2. Hisson, Simon Daw- 
son. 3. His son. Sir Roger Dawson, K.nt. of Dalstone. 4. His son, Bertram Daw- 
son, father of eleven sons, of whom Gilbert, the ninth, was the ancestor of the Daw- 
sons of Azerley. 5. The fourth son, Richard Dawson, Esq., of Heworth, county 
York, living 1588, was followed by two Richards of same, these by two Williams of 
same, the last of whom was succeeded by his son George Dawson, Esq., of North 
Ferriby, county York, major in the army, born 1689, killed at Carthagena, 1741, 
father of George Dawson, Esq., of same county, b. 1739, d. 1 8 1 1 , governor of IVlasu- 
lipitan and member of council at Madras. His son, George Dawson, Esq., of same, 
b. 1763, d. 1832, lieut. 1st royals, father of George Pelsant Dawson, Esq., above 
named, b. 1802. It is easy to see how the minor branches of such a prolific family 
should become so numerous as to be practically untraceable in the course of a few 
generations. The English books record only the main stem of each family. Another 
extensive family is descended from Henry Dawson, of Breedon, county of Leicester, 
where he died in 1577. The present representative of this family is Edward Finch 
Dawson, Esq., of Launde Abbey, in that county, whose ancestors for many generations 
have held successively the office of high sheriff, yide Burke's Landed Gentry. 

The Dawson Family. 9 

tioned John Dawson, of the county of Lancaster, who went a 
pilgrim from England to Rome in 1504 ;' also two early printers, 
John Dawson, of London, 1639, in which year he printed (and 
sold^ for the printers of those days corresponded to our modern 
publishers) a work entitled New England's Prospect, esteemed a 
rare and valuable book now ; and Thomas Dawson, of London, 

1652, who printed in that year another important work relating 
to America, entitled Divers Voyages touching the Discovery of 
America and the Islands adjacent unto the same, etc. (Perhaps it 
was the same Thomas Dawson, possibly another, who, in 1613, 
then " dwelling near The Three Cranes in the Vinetree" London, 
printed " The Excellency of Good Women. The honor and estima- 
tion that belongeth unto them "). Henry Dawson, who died in 

1653, was, in that year, the first representative of the county of 
Durham in the House of Commons.'' This was the Parliament 
called " Barebone's," and prepared the way for the Protectorate. 
The name of the member for Durham has sometimes been 
printed dubiously " Davison," 3 but all doubt as to the true name 
has been removed by the discovery of a monumental inscription 
upon a tablet affixed to the northern wall of the church of St. 
Mary Abbotts, Kensington.'' " It has been said that fame is but 
a name. It was not even that, hitherto, with the first member 
for the county of Durham ; for Henry Dawson had to share his 

'"1504, 25 Nov., venit Jhes Dauson scholare de coitatu Lancastrie Lichfeldes 
Dioces." [Names of Pilgrims from England to Rome.] Collrctanca Tofographka 
et Genea/ogicaj vol. 5, p. 60. 

' " Being a county palatine, Durham was formerly ' exempt from the burden of repre- 
sentation.' The Bishop of Durham, as we read in Surtees, levied taxes within the 
bishopric by virtue of his palatine jurisdiction, his Council (and not Parliament) grant- 
ing consent ; and although the question of a representation of the county had repeat- 
edly been brought before the House of Commons in the reigns of Elizabeth, James 
and Charles, it was not until the time of Cromwell that a member for the county 
palatine had a seat." — Notes and i^ueries, 3d. ser., xi, 20, 21. 

3 The name does not appear in the Parliamentary History, but that of Henry Da-viton 
figures as member for Durham. In the list, however, of members for the "Four 
Northern Counties " in that Parliament given in Burton's Diary, Henry Dawson is 
named as one of them. — Pari. Hist., in, 1407 ; Burton, 11, 499. 

■1" Neere this piller lieth the body of Henry Dawson, Esq., Alderman of New- 
castle-upon-Tyne, who was twice Maior of the said town, and a member of the pre- 
sent Parliament, who departed this life Aug'* ye 2, 1653." — Notes and S^eries, 
3d ser., X, 474. This tablet is supposed to have been first put up inside the old 
church, and to have been removed to the wall when the church was rebuilt, about 
1694. A writer In Notes and Queries pleads for its better present protection, because 
of its " interest, not only heraldic, but as an instance of a monument to one of the 
rebel Parliament." 

lo The Dawson Family. 

seat with a possible Davison.' But the name is at last estab- 
lished ; and the member is identified with a mayor of Newcastle." 
He was deputy-mayor of that city, 1646-47, and mayor 1652- 
53, dying during his incumbency of the office. Two other Daw- 
sons held the same office — William, 1649-50, and George, 
1650-51, and a second time 1657, besides completing Henry's 
year of office in the borough, from his death, in August, to the 
appointment of a new mayor in October, 1653. The Daw- 
sons who thus held the office of mayor five times between the 
siege of Newcastle and the restoration, " were evidently of the 
commonwealth party." " Ambrose Dawson, 3 a native of York- 
shire, became an eminent physician in London, and died in 1794, 
aged 88 ; and his son, Pudsey Dawson, Esq. ,1 who died in 18 16, 
aged 64, was mayor of Liverpool, and founder of a school there 
for the indigent blind. Peter Dawson was vicar of Cumber- 
land, Surrey, England, from 1618 to 1643. He was also rector 
of Carshalton. John Dawson, a collector of the customs at 
Yarmouth (Norfolk county, England), died there in 1679, aged 
56. He was a native of Loughborough, to which town he be- 
queathed c£ioo, and the same sum to the corporation of Yar- 
mouth, for the payment of .£5 yearly "for teaching poor children 
arithmetic and the mathematics." 5 Another John Dawson was 
a noted English mathematician and teacher of mathematics, 
1 734-1820. 

The virtues of one Mr. Robert Dawson, who was buried at 

' Many a Dawson can no doubt recall instances in which he has figured as " a pos- 
sible Davison." The name, if at all carelessly written, is very apt to be thus mis- 

' For an interesting discussion of the Heraldic emblems engraven upon the tablet 
at St. Mary Abbotts, see Notes and S^ucria, 3d ser., x, 475; xi, 22, 23, 47, 166. 

3 He was son of William Dawson, Esq., of LandcllfFe Hall, Yorkshire, a justice 
of the peace for that county, and a personal friend of Sir Isaac Newton, who is said 
to have paid him frequent visits. From him also descend the Dawsons of St. Leon- 
ard's Hill, county Berks. His father was Christopher, eldest son of Joseph, eldest son 
of Christopher Dawson, Esq., who was of the parish of Arncliffe, in Yorkshire, about 

••His eldest son, Pudsey Dawson, Esq., inherited Hornby Castle, county Lancaster, 
1840, was high sheriflFof Lancaster, 1845, and was succeeded at his decease by his 
nephew, Richard Pudsey Dawson, Esq., b, 1821, capt. 1st Royal Lancashire 
militia, &c. 

5 He was ancestor of Dawson Turner, Esq., the botanist and author, who has pre- 
served some account of him in the work entitled Scfulchral Reminiscences of a Market 
Town. This family became extinct by the death of Mr. James Dawson, uncle to 
the botanist's father, in 1792. 

The Dawson Family. 1 1 

Ripon, Yorkshire (probably before 1750), were celebrated in a 
neat epitaph, as follows : 

" His Nature mild, his Mind devout, 

His Wealth the Poor well fed : 
The' dead, he lives in Spite of Death, 

And Grave, his fatal Bed ; 
Whom lately Sheriff, Merchant free, 

York's wealthy City had ; 
And Farmer chief of Rippon church, 

Now Rippon Mould hath clad." 

Within the recollection of many persons now living was a 
celebrated Wesleyan Methodist preacher in England named 
William Dawson, a very entertaining sketch of whom may be 
seen in Pulpit Portraits., by John Ross Dix. He was better known 
as the Yorkshire farmer — a sturdy, rough man, wholly unpro- 
fessional in appearance, but gifted with eloquence so remarkable, 
such a fertile imagination and power of language, and endowed 
with such fervent piety and untiring zeal, that thousands were 
attracted to his ministrations from miles around, and were 
moved in a most unwonted manner by his wonderful oratory.' 
George Dawson, another noted English divine, was a native of 
the parish of St. Pancras (1821) where his father conducted an 
extensive academy. He was graduated at the University in 
Glasgow, and has since been distinguished as an Independent 
minister at Birmingham, but has been more widely known as 
a literary lecturer, in which capacity he attained the highest 
popularity. Benjamin Dawson, LL.D., Rector of Burgh, 
Suffolk, son of a dissenting minister at Halifax, and living in 

■ Choir of Ripon Church. A New Select Collection of Efitaphi, by T. Webb, 
London, I77S- Another epitaph in this collection is as follows: 
** On Anne Dawson. 
"In Bloom, the tender, faithful Wife 

Expir'd in bringing forth a son ; 

Both the same Moment gave up Life, 

And lie lamented in this Tomb." 

[Ewall, Surry, England, 1755.] 

^ A more elaborate account of him, with numerous anecdotes illustrative of his wit, 
courage and piety, may be seen in Wakeley's Heroes of Methodism, pp. 355-380. 
A biography has also been published. He was b. at Goforth, near Leeds, in 1773, 
and d. suddenly, July 3, 1841. lie received a good English education. His father, 
Luke Dawson, occupied a small farm and tenanted a colliery under the late Sir 
Thomas Gascoigne. 

1 2 The Dawson Family. 

1812, at an advanced age, was the author of a voXMVR^oi Sermons 
on the Divinity of Christy 1765, Free Thoughts on the Subject of a 
further Reformation of the Church of England^ I77l» a Dictionary 
of the English Language, 1806, and other works. Of other 
early English authors the compiler has seen the names of 
Thomas, author of The Good Houseuive's Jewell, 1596-7 ; John, 
" minister of the word of God, at Mayden-head, in Berkshire, 
sometimes of Christ Church in the University of Oxford,'" 
Eighteen choice sermons preached upon the Incarnation and Nativ- 
ity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, posthumously printed, 
at London, 1 642 ; George, a Treatise on the Origin of Laws, 1 694 ; 
John, author of a Greek and English Lexicon, 1709 ; Thomas, 
Memoirs of St. George, the English Patron, and of the Order of the 
Garter, 1714 ; William, author of The Atheist, a Philosophical 
Poem, 1723,' Thomas, author of sundry dissertations on Biblical 
subjects, 1727 ; Ambrose, M.D. and Thomas, M.D., authors of 
professional treatises, 1744-82 ; Rev. Abraham, a Biblical trans- 
lator, 1763-86 ; and others. Since 1800, the name, although not 
very prominent in literature, has afforded too many authors for 
enumeration here. 

It may be safely asserted that there is no English speaking 
country or colony where the name is not found, and the com- 
mercial enterprise and religious zeal of individuals have carried 
it far beyond these limits — into nearly all lands, indeed. Christian 
and heathen. 3 

» Anthony a Wood says that he was " a most eminent preacher of his time ;" 
he was vicar of Maidenhead ; " died in the prime of his years, in 1641." — Collectanea 
Top cl Gin., VI, 172. 

= Perhaps this author was the Rev. William Dawson, " Minister of the Gospel at 
Newcastle-upon-Tyne," who, in 1732, was appointed Professor of Hebrew and other 
Oriental languages in the University of Edinburgh. " He is supposed to have been 
descended from the Irish family of Cremorne." — Noirs amlS^iries, ist ser., v, 396. 

3 The names of many Dawsons in Foreign parts have been seen by the compiler, 
but not preserved. The following may be noted : Dr. J. Dawson and wife were 
American Baptist Missionaries at Avah, Burmah, in 1850; J. Dawson, Gold Coast, 
Africa, 1849, was a Life Member of the British and Foreign Bible Society j Colwell, 
Dawson & Co., merchants, 1869, at Callao, Peru ; R. Dawson, Vice Commercial 
agent of the U. S., 1871, at Ceylon, India; Geo. B. Dawson, U. S. Vice Consul, 
Cork, Ireland. The Commercial Directory of London, 1867, contains the names of 
86 Dawsons, and the Court Directory of that year the addresses of 38 persons of the 
same name. The Directory of Liverpool, England, for 1871, contains the addresses 
of 105 persons of the name, that of Glasgow, 16, and that of Edinburgh some half 
dozen only. The name is much more common in England than in Scotland, although 
by no means rare there. 

The Dawson Fatnily. 1 3 

The name of Dawson is borne by an important river in East 
Australia, by a laice in Canada,' by an island in the Pacific,' by 
a street and a place in London, a street in Dublin,^ by several 
counties,'' and numerous post-offices' in the United States ; and 
as a personal name is not always a surname, being not unfre- 
quently found as another part of the individual cognomen.^ 

■ In Ottawa county, Lower Canada. 

2 4t Daivson Island, a considerable island of Terra del Fuego, in the middle of the 
Strait of Magellan, intersected by the parallel of 54° S. and by the meridian of 70° 
30' W." — Cyclopedia. 

3** Ireland claims a passing allusion. If its literary localities are less numerous, 

they are scarcely less interesting. To begin with the Metropolis How many a 

one — even the admirer of her poetry — passes 20 Dawson street, without thinking 
of Mrs. Hemans j yet in that house the ' falcon-hearted dove * folded its wing and 
fell asleep, and in the vaults of St. Ann's church, hard by, her mortal remains are 
laid."— Salad for thi Solitary : chap: "The Shrines of Genius." 

4 In Georgia, Nebraska, Texas. 

5 Daivsorjj Terrill Co., Georgia j Sangamon Co., Illinois j Da'wson'sy Alleghany Co., 
Maryland; Dawsonhurgh, Fremont Co., Iowa; Daiusoniiillc, Dawson Co., Georgia ; 
Montgomery Co., Maryland; Green Co., Virginia ; Daiuion's Mills, Richardson Co., 
Nebraska ; Daivson^s Prairie, Kaufman Co., Texas ; Daivson s Station, Fayette Co., 
Pennsylvania. Daivson s Bridge, a small hamlet, and Daivson Castle, a post-ofEce 
and castle, are situated In the county of Londonderry, province of Ulster, Ireland. 

■5 The names of the English botanist and author, Dawson Turner, F. R. S., the 
Hon. Dawson A. Walker, who was the Republican candidate for governor of Georgia, 
1871, the late commander Dawson Phenix, of the United States navy, and Charles 
Dawson Shanly, the popular magazinist, are examples. 




Perhaps the first of the name in New England was Henry 
Dawson, of Boston, admitted a freeman 2 June, 1641,' having 
joined the church on the i6th of May preceding, to qualify him 
for admission as freeman. "^ In the same year in which he 
was admitted freeman, a will was executed at Roxbury, and 
" Goodman Dawson " received a small bequest. 3 This may 
have been N. Dawson, of Charlestown, 1648, in which year 
Robert Saltonstall conveyed to him by deed a house in Windsor, 
Conn. 4 

' In the list of freemen of this date the name is spelled Dauson. — TV. E. Hist. 
& Gen. Reg. J vol. in, p. i88 ; Farmer's Genealogical Regiiter. 

' Drake says he was admitted an inhabitant 25 Jan., 1641. — Hist, and Arttiq. of 
Boston, 259, note. He was in the employment of William Hudson, jun., who went 
to England about 1643, to serve in the army of parliament against the king, having 
committed the care of his family and business to Dawson, " a young man of good 
esteem for piety and sincerity," whose wife was in England. During the two years 
of Hudson's absence Dawson was exposed to such temptation as brought him and the 
wife in peril of their lives. — (Winthrop's History of New England, 11, 249). He 
was, in 1645, when the case was investigated, cast out of the church ; but next year, 
on penitent acknowledgement, was restored. — (Savage's Genealogical Dictionary^ It 
does not appear that his wife ever came to this country. 

3 This was the will of John Tey, probated 7th loth mo. (0. 5. Jan.), 1641, and 
the bequest was " To Goodman Dawson los. besides satisfaction for his labor." — N. 
E. Hilt. (Sf Gen. Reg., vol. 11, p. 105, Art : Abstract of the earliesttvills upon record in the 
county of Suffolk, Mass. 

■• Suffolk deeds, Boston, Mass., 22d 9th Mo., 1648. " House in Windsor, Conn., 
formerly of Francis Stiles, of Seabrook, now in occupanc_y of Thomas Gilbert and John 
Bancroft." But the ** N. Dawson " here mentioned maybe the same resident of 
Charlestown who is called Nicholas Davison by Savage. Another " possible Davison !" 
Thomas Dawson, of Morlcy, county York, England, had certain '* land and housing " 
in Windsor, 1697. — Trumbull's Colonial Records of Conn., vol. iv, 206. 

1 6 The Dawson Family. 

The name of Henry Dawson occurs in " A list of Capt. 
William Turner's men, as they came from Boston, taken at 
Medfield," Feb. 1675-6,' and on Conn, river, April, 1676, 
under Capt. Pierce.- This could hardl}' have been the freeman 
of 1 64 1, because of age ; yet the same Capt. Turner was a free- 
man of Dorchester, 1643. The name again occurs in a list of 
Boston freemen, 8 May, 1678; 3 at which time it appears he 
had two children ; •> and Henry Dawson was a freeman of 
Boston, 15 May, i6go,5 where he had baptized at the Second 
church, Thomas, 22 Nov., 1691 ; James, 9 Feb., 1695-6 ; 
Hannah, 20 March, 1698; Elizabeth, 31 March, 1700.* 
James Dawson (probably the same who was baptized 1695-6), 
had baptized at this church, Mary, Nov. i, 1719; Samuel, 
Feb. 16, 1723-4; Henry, April 2, 1727.' Mary Dawson 
was admitted a member of the Second church Jan. 5, 1728-9, 
and had baptized Elizabeth, March 14, 1 731; Abigail, March 
10, 1734 ; Abigail, Feb. i, 1735-6.^ There was also baptized 
in the New Brick church, Boston, Benjamin Dawson, Feb. 
22, 1 740-1 ; Hannah, Oct. 17, 1742.9 

There was a member of the Society of Friends, named 
George Dawson, at Boston, July, 1677.'° It was during the 
time of the Quaker persecution. In this month one Margaret 

■ Drake's Bomn, 418. 

^ Savage's Gen. Dia. Art : Dawson. He says of Capt. Turner, that he had com- 
mand on the upper waters of the Conn, river; on the 1 8th May, (1641) surprised 
the Indians at the place where the falls have since borne his name, giving them a 
signal defeat ; but on the return was surrounded at Green river, and the next day after 
the Falls fight, was killed, with eighteen of his men. 

3 D.1WS0N or DossoN, Henry, admitted member of Second church, Boston (which 
was Increase Mather's), April 14, 1678, probably to qualify him for admission as 
freeman i n the month following, as above. — See History of the Second Churchy by 
Chandler Robbins, afpenJix. 

■> The name is again written Dauson in the list of freemen. — N. E. Hist. & Gen. 
Reg.f vol. 3, 244. 

5 UiJ, p. 350. At a town meeting in Boston, Sept. 16, 1689, Henry Dawson 
was appointed one of the "overseers of woodcorders." — Drake's Boston, 487. 

' Savage's Gen Diet. 

' Robbins's Hist. Second Church, appendix. 

« Ihid. 

9 N. E. Hist. 6f Gen. Reg., vol. 18, p. 339; names of parents not stated. 

'" Probably the same " George Dauson " who was of " Middlebury " ("Middle- 
borough ?) 1674, and was, 27 October, of that year, "for doeingservill workeon the 
Lord's day," fined forty shillings j the court consisting of Gov. Winslow, with John 
Alden, Wm. Bradford, and other assistants. As late as July 13, 1677, this fine had not 
been paid, the Colonial Treasurer reporting it " still due to the country," as he had 
done each year previously since it was imposed. — Plymouth Colony Records, vol. v. 

The Dawson Family. ij 

Brewster, a Quaker, for " making a horrible disturbance on the 
Lord's day," was " whipped at a cart's tail up and down the 
town, with twenty lashes." On the same day that Margaret 
and her companions were apprehended, three other women and 
eleven men, one of whom was George Dawson, were taken up 
at a Quaker meeting, and all but two of them (Miles Foster 
and Thomas Scott, whose fines were paid by some person, 
against their wishes), were publicly whipped.' At the next 
meeting several of the same company (including George Dan- 
son, as printed, though undoubtedly written Dauson), were 
again arrested and whipped.^ The same George Danson 
(Dauson) was one of three "loaf bread bakers " in Boston, who 
petitioned the general court, Oct. 29, 1679,3 for relief from 
the " intolerable burdens " which they alleged were imposed 
upon them " by reason of y'^ defFect of y^ assize given in y' law." 
They observed that their calling was a lawful one, to learn which 
they had " served long and hard apprenticeships," and added, 
"wee conceive wee have a just right to live by itt."'' 

In an attack on Middleborough, Mass., by Indians, 1675, a 
man named Dawson 5 was shot from his horse near the house of 

3 Ibid, 437. Mr. Savage says George Dawson, a Quaker, was at or of Boston, 
1679. — Gen. Diet. Another instance of Danson misprinted for Dauson or Dawson 
occurs in N. E. Hisl. and Gen. Reg., vol. 3, Index. 

* Probably the same George Dauson (misprinted Danson) removed to Barnstable 
within a year or two after the date of this petition ; one of this name was in possession 
of the house and land comprising the estate of Nicholas Davis, deceased, of Barnstable, 
seized by the " chief marshall " of the colony, by order of the court, as per return 
made 7 July, 1681. — Plymouth Colony Records, vol. 6. One of this name, had been, 
also, prior to 14 May, 1684, a petitioner, with others, for certain lands which they 
claimed to have purchased from Wampas, an Indian. The court made answer at 
this time that it knew not " of any land that Wampas, Indian, had any true or legal 
right to, he being no Sachem, but a common person ; if the persons can find any lande 
that was his, and withheld from them, the law is open where they may obteyne their 
right, if they can make any such appear," — Plymouth Colony Records, \o\. 5,442, In 
his will, 1692, his trade (that of a baker J is stated, and he is again described as "of 
Boston." The will mentions his w, Elizabeth, and gr, chn, George, Charles and 
Elizabeth Crossiveight. A representation of his seal is to be found in the Heraldic 
Journal, vol, II, p. 181. Art: Suffolk Wills, He obtained, about 1686, a grant 
of 200 acres of land at Worcester, and it would seem that he built a house there, 
and occupied it (either by himself or some representative) for three years. — Lincoln's 
History of Worcester, 36, 37, 

5 N E. Hist, and Gen. Re^., vol. 15, p. 267 : Art : Notes on the Indian Wars in 
Neiv England. 


1 8 "The Dawson Family. 

John Thompson, as he stopped to let his horse drink at a 

In a list of early settlers of Essex and Old Norfolk, Mass.,' 
occurs the name of Margaret Dawson, relict of Daniel, late 
of Ipswich, 1693. ° 

It appears that there were persons of the name at Hull, Mass., 
about 1 750-60 ; one Mary Dawson having become the second 
wife of Joseph Spear, a lighterman of that place, some time after 
1743 ; 3 and one Joseph Dosson having been listed as one of a 
foot company of militia in the town of Hull, under command of 
John Gould, jun., as appears by a list " taken at Weymouth, 
March 22, 1759." ■» 

John Dawson, of Salem, was taken a prisoner and carried 
to Canada, at the surrender of Fort William Henry, in 1757 ; ' 
and Timothy Dawson was a schoolteacher at Salem in 1781.^ 

At Marlborough, Mass., William Dawson, by wife Sophia, 
had Darius, born March 8, 1780.' Of him or his family nothing 
more has been learned, nor is it known whence any of the per- 
sons above mentioned came to this country. " It is not common 
to learn that interesting fact concerning more than one in ten of 
our early settlers." ^ 

The above are the only early references to the name in New 
England that have come to the compiler's knowledge, except 

* N. E. Hist, and Gen. Reg., vol. 5, p. 250. 

' There was a Daniel Davison, at Ipswich, aged 40, in 1670. — Ibid, vol. 6, p. 250. 
Probably the correct name, and the above a misprint, as might easily be the case. 
If so, she was the second wife and widow of this Daniel. See Savage's Gen. Did., 
Arts : Dawson and Davison. 

3 N. E. Hist, and Gen. Reg., vol. 18, p. 158. Art : Spear Family Record. Their 
children were, Barney, Joshua, 1749, Joseph, 1747, died 1794, was a surveyor, and 
had been a soldier of the Rev. By Boston overseers' records it appears that Joseph 
Spear, wife and three children, of Hull, Aug. 3, 1758, time of residence in Boston 
six months, were warned out of town by Abijah Adams, constable ; it having been an 
annual custom for manyyears in that pious and prudent city to warn several thousand 
of the poorer inhabitants, as a matter of form, so that in case of extreme poverty hap- 
pening to them afterwards, the town might not be legally bound to support them ! 


4. P- 75- 

5 *' Among those of Salem carried prisoners to Canada were John Oakman, John 
Dawson, Peter Smith, Moses Atwood, John Knapp and Jonathan Morrison." — An- 
nals of Salem, vol. 2, p. 513. 

' " 1781, Dec. 12, Timothy Dawson teaches one of the public schools. He ap- 
pears to have taken the place of Mr. Ford, who died t;he preceding June 27." — Ibid, 
voL I, p. 452. 

7 Hudson's History of Marlborough, p. 354. 

>* Hon. John Savage, letter, May 12, 1855. 

The Dawson Family. 19 

such as relate to the persons and families below mentioned, 
whose records follow in this work in the order named : 

I. Robert Dawson, a resident at East Haven, 1682-3, ^"'^ 
probably in or near there some years earlier. He had two sons, 
whose descendants are very numerous. 

n. Thomas Dawson, who, in a deed to his son Job, de- 
scribes himself as " late of Newport in the province of Road 
Island," was at New Haven, 1721-2. 

HI. John Dawson, an Englishman, who had deserted the 
British service in this country towards the close of the war of 
the revolution, and married at Philadelphia, removed shortly 
after to Connecticut, and settled at Monroe, in Fairfield county. 
His descendants are also quite numerous. 

IV. Peter Dawson, a native of Linlithgow, near Edinburgh, 
Scotland, emigrated thence about 1800, and settled in Barnet, 
Caledonia county, Vermont. He had three sons and six daugh- 
ters, some of whom had issue. 

Of many other families of the name originally established in 
this country, in other than the New England States, such in- 
formation is given in the following pages, as the compiler hereof, 
after diligent efforts, (by means of an extensive correspondence 
and otherwise), has been able to obtain." 

Concerning the many imperfections in the records which 
follow he craves the indulgent judgment of his readers. Those 
alone who have had some experience in attempting the com- 
pilation of records of this nature, can appreciate the difficulties 
which beset the work. 

* The following memoranda are added for preservation and future reference : ** Eunice 
Egglcston, b. May i, 1779, m. i, John Dawson; 2, Stafford; 3, Fuller; removed 
to Wheatland, N. Y., and lives in Holly, N. Y."— StUes's History of Ancient Winder, 
1859. {^iuere; viVrntJohn Daivson'^ Samuel Eggleston, father of the above named 
Eunice, lived in Northeast, Dutchess Co., N. Y., and d. Jan. 25, 1822, aged 84. Eunice, 
his ninth child, was probably born there, and John Dawson, her first husband, pro- 
bably not of New England origin.) 

In a list of Emigrants from Gravesend to the Barbadoes, April 3, 1635, per the 
" Peter Bonavcnture," is found the name Richard Dawson, aged 28. — Drake's Re- 
su!t of Rcscarcliti, etc., 102; N. E. His. and Gen. Reg. vol. 14, p. 349. The 
same name in a list of passengers for Virginia, 20 June, 1635, per the "Philip," 
Richard Morgan, m.ister. The men had been examined, as certified, by the minister 
of the town of Gravesend, " of their conformitie to the orders and discipline of the 
Church of England," and had taken the oath of allegiance. — Ibid^ vol. 3, p. 184. 

A list of passengers for the Barbadoes from Gnivesend, 20 November, 1635, con- 
tains the name of Hugh Dawson, aged 18. — Drake's Remit of Resiartha, i\x. 



ISccortrs of t^t jFamilics 

THOMAS DAWSON, of New Haven, Conn.. 

JOHN DAWSON, of Monroe, Conn., 

PETER DAWSON, of Barnet, Vt., 

HENRY DAWSON, of Millbury, Mass. and Broad Brook, Conn. 


Of East Haven, Conn., 1682-1718. 

The township of East Haven, in Connecticut, forms a part 
of Newr Haven county, and consists of a tract of land about 
seven miles long from north to south, and from two to three or 
four miles wide, lying between the townships of Branford and 
North Branford on the east, and New Haven township and 
harbor on the west. On the north it is bounded by the town- 
ship of North Haven, and on the south by Long Island sound. 
The population is largely agricultural. 

The central portion of the township is divided from Branford 
by a beautiful sheet of water called Saltonstall lake (formerly 
locally known as the pond) which, besides being the scene in re- 
cent times of gay regattas. of the college students from New 
Haven, is the source from which that city is principally supplied 
with ice. The lake is about three miles in length, but quite 
narrow, being nowhere, perhaps, more than one-third of a mile 

22 The Dawson Family. 

in width. The East Haven, or west, shore of the lake consists of 
a high rocky ridge, formerly known as the Pond Rock or Pond 
Rocks, and which, though " the pond " has now a nobler desig- 
nation, is still called by its ancient name. On the northwesterly 
side of the lake and rock (being in the northerly part of the 
township) is a fertile plain, on some portion of which it is sup- 
posed that an Indian sagamore named Foxon had his residence 
at an early day. The plain was called Foxon's Farms from this 
circumstance, and the farms there lying are still so designated. 
The name is on record of the date of 1644.' Through this 
plain, and coursing thence along the foot of the rock in a 
southwesterly direction, flows a small stream called Stoney river, 
which, turning to the southeast below the rock, flows thence 
into the sound, forming, in its lower portion, the boundary line 
between Branford and East Haven. 

This township was formerly a part of the ancient colony of 
New Haven, and was connected with that colony and town, in 
all its domestic and foreign concerns, about one hundred and 
forty years. It was in part originally purchased of Momauguin, 
then sachem of that part of the country, and his counsellors, by 
Theophilus Eaton, Rev. John Davenport, Thomas Gregson, 
Edward Hopkins, and other English planters,- on the 24th 
Nov., 1638. These persons had arrived in Boston the previous 
year, where they were strongly urged to continue, but came to 
this wilderness in accordance with their design of founding a new 
colony, a New Haven for their persecuted brethren of the 
mother country. To this, their first purchase, they shortly after 
added another large tract, three miles long north and south, and 
thirteen miles in breadth ; the two tracts costing the purchasers 
altogether twenty-five coats of English cloth, and a few articles 
of merchandise of small value. 

This was probably the most opulent company of adventurers 
which had come into New England. Mr. Davenport had been 

' The people of Branford complained that the Indians set traps in the cattle's 
paths ; and a marshall was sent from New Haven " to warn Uncas, or his brother, 
or Foxon, to come and speak to the Governor ab(}ut it." — East Haven Register^ p. i8. 
In 1658 the inhabitants of the village petitioned the town "that a line might be run 
from the rear corner of Mr. Davenport's farm towards the town, to Foxoii^s fyeckiL-am^ 
and so Stoney river be their bounds on the east." — IbiJ. 

= So called because planters of a colony. 

The Dawson Family. 23 

a celebrated minister in the city of London, and Mr. Eaton and 
Mr. Hopkins had been merchants in that city, possessed great 
estates, and were men of eminence for their ability and integrity. 

Early after their arrival the planters entered into covenant, 
binding themselves, in all civil and religious concerns, to " be 
regulated by the rules which the Scriptures held forth to them." 
The next year they formed their constitution.' They were 
men loving power, their community was small, and their laws, if 
scriptural, were often severe and arbitrary. 

For many years public worship in the colony was attended 
solely at New Haven, but to the inhabitants on the east side of 
the Ouinipiack,'' with great inconvenience, labor and danger. 
" They were obliged," says the author of the East Haven 
Register,^ " to leave home early in the morning, travel through 
the woods on unmade roads, and then cross the ferry, which 
was often dangerous. During the Indian wars and commotions 
the women and children, on the sabbath, were collected to- 
gether at one house in the neighborhood, under the protection 
of a guard, while some part of the families attended public wor- 
ship at New Haven. And for many years the men were re- 
quired by law, under the penalty of a fine, to appear at meeting 
with their arms ready for battle." It was not until 1680 that 
the people of East Haven obtained liberty to become a distinct 
society.'' This was greatly to their relief and satisfaction, and 
they proceeded at once to "invite and settle an orthodox minister 
amongst them," in accordance with the grant and stipulation of 
the court. 

Their meetings were warned 

" By sound of horn 
Or beat of drum. "s 

' This provided that church members only should be *' free Burgesses," a 
they alunc " should have power of" transacting all publique civil affairs of the pla 
of niakiiiL: and repealing laws, dividing of inheritances, deciding of differences that 
may .iriie, and doing all things or business of like nature." — E. H. R., p. lo. 

' The yuinipiacic river separated East Haven parish from New Haven. 

3 The Rev. Stephen Dodd. He died at East Haven 5 Feb., 1856, aged 79. 

■• The records of the village of East Haven commence in this year, but tliey are 
imperfect. The records of the church, prior to 1755, are lost. — E. If. K., p. 6. 

5 In 1707 one Austin was granted a piece of land '■ for beating the drum for public 
worship and other occasions." — E. H. R., 47. 

24 The Dawson Family. 

Their dwellings were mostly plain structures of one story, 
and their means were generally small. They had not the same 
facilities for education that the people of New Haven enjoyed. 
They were obliged to endure all the hardships and privations of 
a frontier life — literally a life in the wilderness — and, particu- 
larly of the generation immediately succeeding the first settlers, 
it must be remarked that their deficiency, even in regard to a 
common education, was very great. Experience taught them 
the necessity of paying more attention to the education of their 
children, and advantage was taken of the earliest opportunity 
offered for the establishment of schools in the township. The 
first school appears to have been established in 1707, and was 
taught by their first minister, the Rev. Mr. Hemingway, then 
recently graduated from Yale College, and the first from this 
township who had enjoyed this honor. Prior to this time the 
people of East Haven had been dependent for educational facili- 
ties, of course available to but a limited extent, on the schools 
established at New Haven. A free school had been opened and 
taught there as early as 1641. 

In the fall of 1655 the General Court of New Haven, which 
then had jurisdiction over East Haven in civil as well as eccle- 
siastical affairs, was informed ' that there was a purpose " that 
an Iron Worke should be set up beyond the farmes at Stoney 
river." Liberty was given for the Worke to go on, and it was 
accordingly established ; being the first of the kind within the 
present bounds of the state. Branford appears to have been 
jointly concerned with New Haven in this enterprise, or at least 
" was treated as having some interest in the Iron Works," pend- 
ing a neighborly controversy as to the ownership of certain terri- 
tory adjoining the Furnace pond, the right to which was claimed 
by both townships. The land was afterwards relinquished by 
Branford to East Haven, and is referred to in the records as 
" the half mile." Some of the workmen employed here were 
probably brought from similar works in Massachusetts ° — others 
perhaps came direct from English furnaces. The furnace was 

■ By Mr. Goodyear, who " declared that Mr. Winstone and himself did intend to 
carry it on." — A'. H. Rccordi, 12 Nov., 1655. 

» The RusscUs were from Taunton, I'inion from Lynn, &c. — Savage's Gen. Did. 

'The Dawson Family. 25 

supplied with bog ore from North Haven. Of so much conse- 
quence was this establishment considered that after the union 
of New Haven with Connecticut a special grant was made (1669) 
to the people employed in the work to free them from taxes for 
seven years ; yet the population thereby introduced brought in 
some disorderly elements, requiring the occasional interposition 
of the civil authority. There was great mortality in the village 
in the year 1679, and the business was about this time (1679 
or '80) relinquished — for what reason cannot now be satisfac- 
torily ascertained. Probably it had not been very profitable, and 
the loss by death of some of the principal workmen, which hap- 
pened just then, may have hastened its discontinuance. The 
Iron Works farm, after one or two changes, passed into the hands 
of William Rosewell, of Branford, formerly an extensive mer- 
chant at New Haven, whose only daughter and heir married 
Gurdon Saltonstall, afterwards governor of Connecticut, in 
honor of whom Saltonstall lake was named. In 1681 a grist- 
mill was set up at the furnace dam, and though at this time some 
reservations were made in the grant of the dam for the mill, 
with a view to the possible reestablishment of iron works here, 
and though some years later (1692) a bloomary furnace was 
erected on one of the small brooks running into Stoney river, 
the business never subsequently attained to much importance, 
and was soon permanently abandoned. Thus the town returned 
to the quiet pursuits of a farming population. Of the people at 
the works, thrown out of employment by the discontinuance of 
the business, it is probable that some, receiving no encourage- 
ment to remain, removed to other parts — while others, of the 
sort better calculated to live in a farming community, and better 
esteemed by the townspeople, received grants of land, and made 
their homes permanently in the township. 

It is possible that among those who were thus graduated from 
the Furnace to the Farms, was Robert Dawson," founder of 
the family whose records are herein given. East Haven 
had then established, or at least asserted, for itself a semi- 

■ In alist of "The proprietors of New Haven, Conn., in 1685," prepared by Hon. 
C. W. Bradley, Secretary of State of Conn,, 1847, the name is printed Robert 
Dauson. — N. E. Hist, and Gen. Reg., vol. 2, p. 157. 


26 The Dawson Family. 

independence in civil as well as ecclesiastical affairs (though un- 
der a certain bondage to New Haven in township concerns for 
a hundred years after), and at a village meeting, May 17, 1682, 
Thomas Pinion, William Roberts, Robert Dawson and William 
Luddington, propounded for land to be assigned to each of them 
on Stoney river. Of these persons one, Thomas Pinion, had 
certainly been engaged at the Iron Works. Luddington's 
father had died there in 1662, and without doubt he had been 
employed about the same business. (His daughter subsequently 
married the eldest son of Robert Dawson). 

At the next division of land, which was made in 1683, and 
was the third in which the first inhabitants of New Haven had 
participated. Pinion, Dawson, Roberts, Joseph Abbott and 
James Tailor, being evidently partial to the Stoney river land, 
and apparently desirous of having their farms constitute adjoining 
tracts, were, on their own motion, excepted from the regular divi- 
sion — which if made as usual by lot would leave their location 
subject to chance — and it was accordingly ordered that they 
should have their land next to that which the town had obtained 
from Branford, thirty acres each being allotted to the three first 
named in consideration of their being married men, and twenty 
each to the others, on condition that each of the five should 
build on his land a tenantable house within three years. This 
land was afterwards surveyed to them in a body, and was de- 
scribed as lying " about 30 rods eastward about y" place where 
Foxon's wigwam was," they being left, " for their five p'ticular 
parts," after making sufficient allowance for "cartwaies between 
y' Pond Rock and their land," " to lay out and to bound as 
they will agree upon among themselves."' The grants made 
by the village to these men were confirmed by a town vote of 
New Haven, and their land was afterwards referred to in the 
records as "the five men's land at Foxon's." 

It had been laid out to them by Matthew Moulthrop, whose 
father had been by appointment conservator of the morals of the 
people about the Iron Works, and by Sergt. John Potter, who 
was by trade a blacksmith, and had been concerned in the Iron 

* A^. H, Records^ vol. i, p. 403. 

The Dawson Family. 27 

Works property. He and Pinion were the ones who petitioned 
the town for the privilege of the bloomary which was built in 
1692. Concerning'Roberts, Abbott and Tailor, little is known ; 
certainly nothing to discredit the supposition that they were 
Iron Works men. 

Dawson made record of his land 17th March, 1683, it being 
described as " lying half a mile in length and thirty rods in 
breadth, east and west, with the river running [through] the 
middle, and is bounded by Thomas Pinion's on the east [and 
the] highway on the west."" Pinion was thus his nearest neighbor. 
It is probable that he built and occupied immediately. Dodd 
makes the following record : 

" Robert Dawson settled at Foxon's in 1683. He then 
had John, born in 1677. After this he married widow Hannah 
Russell, and had Thomas, 1693."^ 

Her maiden name is not known. John Russell, her former 
husband, had been a potter in the furnace at the Iron Works, 
and died there in 1 681.3 His brother Ralph, one of the principal 
workmen, had died there during the great sickness, two 
years previously.'' 

In regard to the former wife of Robert Dawson, no informa- 
tion can be obtained. If they were living at the Iron Works — 
as may be surmised from his having been so curiously connected 
with the furnace people — it is not unlikely that she may have 
fallen a victim to the prevailing sickness in 1679, leaving him 
with one child, John, born 1677, as stated by Dodd. If this 
was the case, the marriage of Robert Dawson and widow Russell 
must have occurred before the settlement at Foxon's, he having 
been a married man at the time the grant of this land was made 
to him. And this would explain the fact that in this year (1683) 
his family is "listed" as consisting of six persons. His son 
John was then about six years of age ; the other five were himself 

■ E. H. Records. — It was near the upper or north end of the Pond Rock. " At 
a village meeting 15th Feb., 1709, agreed to sell all the undivided lands on the Pond 
Rock to the upper end. Thence south of a line from the south corner of Robert 
Dawson's home lot, a strait line to the northeast corner of Davenport's farmc," &c. 

■' E. H. Reenter, p. 115. 

1 //'/(/, 146. First there about the year 1664. 

<■ Ihid. 27. 

28 The Dawson Fmiily. 

and wife, and probably her three children by her former hus- 

As to the date of birth of Robert Dawson's son Thomas, it 
is probable that the date above given (1693) is erroneous; for 
at his death, Jan. 12, 1759, he was said to be 72 yrs. of age,'' 
which would make the date of his birth, 1687. 

It has been erroneously supposed that Robert Dawson mar- 
ried, first, Sarah Tuttle,3 daughter of William Tuttle, one of 
the first settlers of the colony. A copy of the East Haven Reg- 
ister, in the possession of William H. Dawson, Esq., of West- 
ville. Conn., contains a marginal note, supposed to be in the 
handwriting of the author of that work, which states that Robert 
Dawson and Sarah Tuttle were married Nov. 17, 1663. The 
error is referred to by Savage in his Genealogical Dictionary. It 
appears that she really married John Slawson, of Stamford, Nov. 
12, 1663. In the original record,"* his Christian name is not 
given — a very unusual circumstance — and the surname was so 
illegibly written that it might easily have been mistaken for Daw- 
son. (The initial letter has been over-written SI by a modern 
hand). These circumstances, and the fact that Slawson was not 
a New Haven or East Haven name, may account for the error 
by which her name has been connected with that of Robert 

' Hannah, b. 1670, m. Joseph Grannis, Nov. 3, 1702; William, b. Sept., 1676; 
John, Nov. I, 1680.— E. H. R., 146. 

= Hid, 171. 

3 Concerning her there is a curious chapter on record, which, as illustrating the 
character of those times, is here briefly referred to. All intercourse of society was very 
formal, and especial p.ains were taken that there should be no disorderly conduct 
among "the young men and maidens." At a court held May i, 1660, Jacobeth 
Murline (Melyen) and Sarah Tuttle were prosecuted " for setting down on a chest 
together, his arme about her waiste, and her arme upon his shoulder, or about his 
necke, and continuing in yt sinfuU posture about half an hour, in which time he 
kyssed her and she kyssed him, as ye witnesses testified." Mr. Tuttle alleged that 
Jacob had endeavored to steal away his daughter's affections, " but yt Sarah denied, 
and it did not appear to yc courte." They were sentenced to pay each of them 20s. 
to the treasurer. — Lambert's History of Neiv Haven. But one half of her fine was 
subsequently remitted, at her father's request. — A^. H Recordsy March 4, 1661-2. 
Jacob Melyen removed to Elizabeth, N. J., where, and in New York, he was a 
prominent citizen.— Hatfield's History of EUzahcth. There was also a sad and tragical 
chapter in her liislory, for thirteen years after she became the wife of John Slawson, 
and when she w.i.s the mother of three little children, she was killed with an ax by 
her brother Benjamin, who, though- probably insane, was executed for it, 1 3 June, 
1677.' — Savage's Gen. Diet. Huntington's History of Stamford. 
* New Haven Records of births, marriages, Sec. 

The Dawson Family. 29 

Whence or when Robert Dawson came to this country is 
uncertain. Speculation on the subject is of little avail. That 
he was English or of English parentage is undoubted.' 

The township and parish records afFord but scanty information. 

In 1683 his name occurs in a catalogue of donors to a fund 
" for building the minister's house, and fencing the home lot." 
His contribution was £2.- He had a house to build for himself 
that year. 

The privilege which the inhabitants of East Haven had ob- 
tained in 1680 of becoming a distinct society, was understood 
by them as conveying a larger liberty in local affairs — especially 
in the disposal of the public lands — than the people at New 
Haven were willing to sanction. The danger of more serious 
difficulties with their neighbors appears to have been apprehended, 
and it may have been questioned whether, in order to avoid con- 
troversy, they should not return to their former status. At a 
meeting of the village, therefore, March 29, 1684, the question 

' On the Branford Town Records, under date of 14 July, 1680, (nearly two years 
prior to the date of his appearance as a propounder for land in East Haven), his name 
occurs as a witness to a deed of William Rosewell and others, agents for and all at 
that time of the town of Branford, of a parcel of land which they had sold on behalf 
of the town. The other witness was Katherine Rosewell, wife of the said William 
Rosewell, and this being the very earliest record of the name of Robert Dawson which 
has been discovered,* though of slight importance in itself, suggests speculations as to 
his origin in another direction. Rosewell's wife having signed as witness to the deed 
in question indicates that the instrument was executed at his house, as would have 
been natural, he having been the chief agent of the township in the matter. The 
other most convenient witness would naturally be some person employed about the 
premises, and (though the circumstances are slight on which to base a theory) it is 
surmised that Rosewell (who, it will be remembered, was the purchaser of the Iron 
works farm) had, on the discontinuance of the business at the Furnace, taken Daw- 
son into his employ. But it is possible that Dawson came to Branford or New Haven 
originally in Rosewell's service, and had not been at the Iron works at all. Rosewell 
had come into the colony some fifteen years before from Charlestown, in the colony 
of Massachusetts, and his father-in-law, Hon. Richard Russell, had resided there 
until his death in 1676. The surmise Dawson may have come from thence 
receives some slight support from the fact that one N. Dawson was a resident of 
Charlestown — tlie purchaser, it will be remembered, from Robert Saltonstall of a 
house in Windsor — possibly related to the Thomas Dawson, of Morley, Co. York, 
England, who afterwards claimed property there. But these are the merest hints. 
Can any clue be got from them as to R. D's history prior to 1680.' Was Russell, 
whose widow he married, in any way related to the family to which Mrs. Rosewell 
belonged ? 

» E. H. Register, p. 61. 

•Dodd record! birth of John, jon of R. D., 1677,— three years earlier ihan any date seen by ihe 

done so by Jeducline JS (alleged age) from 1752 (year of J. U.'i death, as he has it) though the 
lalle'r dale is ccrlainly ( 

3© The Dawson Family. 

was stated whether they " should go on or not with [carrying on] 
of the village." The people were "desired to declare their 
minds by speech." Nineteen men, one of whom was Robert 
Dawson, being present, they all " declared for carrying on y' 
village."' And with what tenacity some of them clung to the 
privileges held by them to be conveyed by the original conces- 
sions from New Haven will be seen by what follows. In 
1707, the general assembly, on the petition of the villagers, who 
sought thereby to end disputes, ordered that " they should be a 
village distinct from the towne of New Haven," with all proper 
" immunities and privileges " necessary for the " upholding of 
the public worship of God, as also their own civil concerns," 
with the " libertie to have a school amongst themselves," and 
freedom " from paying any taxes to the towne of New 
Haven. "'^ Articles of agreement between East Haven and 
New Haven under this act being proposed at a village meeting, 
Oct. 25, 1708, "Capt. Ailing Ball, Robert Dawson, John 
Hemingway, William Roberts, Geo. Pardee, Joseph Grannis 
and Henry Luddington," entered " their protest against any pro- 
positions being offered that may," says the record, " be a wrong 
to our old grants. "3 The pertinency of the protest is explained 
by the fact that New Haven denied that the assembly's act con- 
ferred full township privileges, as claimed by East Haven, and 
persisted in asserting the same right of control over the common 
lands there as before. Two years later — the legislature sitting 
that year in New Haven — they succeeded in getting the as- 
sembly to so explain its former act as to neutralize its effects, 
though not in form to revoke it."* Nevertheless, the people of 

' E. H. yUlagc Records. 

' Colonial Rtcords, quoted in E. H. Register, p. 41. 

3 E. H. Village Records, p. 34. One article of the " grants " from New Haven 
was as follows : " That when they are settled in a village way with ministry, they 
have liberty to admit their own inhabitants, for the future, but to attend to such 
cautions and considerations for the regulation of their settlement as may consist with 
the interest of religion, and the congregational way of the churches, provided for to 
be upheld." Another gave them permission to purchase land of the Indians, and 
the whole would seem designed to set them at liberty to control their own aflFairs. — 
E. U. R., SI- 

■•"New Haven, Oct. 17 10. This assembly taking into consideration an act 
passed in the general court held at Hartford, 8 May, 1707, granting several privileges 
to the village called ( in the said act) East Haven, do declare upon the same that 
there is nothing contained in the said act that concerns property of lands, or that 

'The Dawson Family. 31 

East Haven, though overreached, were not defeated. They 
had not much influence in the " general court," but they had a 
certain dogged perseverance that was better than wit. They 
relied on their " old grants," and quietly pursued their course. 
New Haven threatened and prosecuted, but East Haven sold 
land to defray the expenses of its lawsuits, to maintain its minister, 
and for its other occasions, and in process of time it disposed of 
every acre within its limits. The last regular division was made 
in 1 7 15, and the Indian reservation ' was sold some fifteen years 
later ; but the vexed controversy in regard to their township 
privileges was not settled. until 1785, when they procured anew 
charter from the assembly, constituting them in express terms 
"a distinct and separate town by themselves." The first town 
meeting under this act was opened with prayer by Rev. Mr. 
Street, and a sermon from a text in Psalms cxxii : "For my 
brethren and companions' sakes I will now say, Peace he within 

From the date of his settlement at Foxon's onward for more 
than thirty years, R. D. continued to participate in the divisions 
of the town lands, in which the inhabitants shared — not equally, 
but equitably — upon the basis of their estates, and the number 
of persons in their several families.^ 

In 1702 his family was " fisted " as consisting of four persons,' 

excludes the said village from being within the township of New Haven, nor that 
intends to give the «aid village the liberty of choosing deputies distinct from the town 
of New Haven."— [Colomal RecorJs.] E. H. R., p. 43. 

' "Near Mr. Gregson's," which was at Solitary Cove. — E. H. R., 57. 

' As, in 1704, when what was styled a "half devissyon " was made, and they 
agreed to draw lots " who should pich {pitch, i. e. select) first and next and soe on." 
R. D. received 13J acres at this time, which he sold in 171 1 to Samuel Russell. In 
1708 the division was made " after much discors how to pay ye charges of building 
oure meeting hous and some reariges of rates to mister Hemingway." Each man 
was required to pay on the land he received **one shilling and eight pence per acre 
to cleare ye aforesaid debts." In 1709, the undivided lands on the Pond Rock were 
ordered to be sold (seep. 27,0. l) and in March, 1714-15, a sort of clearing up distribu- 
tion was ordered, which included the unsold lots on the Pond Rock, a " half divi- 
sion " at Piper's brook, and sundry parcels of broken land, as to which latter, if not 
yet laid out, " the proprietors to have liberty to pitch a half division where they 
please." — E. H.R.,ff. 38, 45, 47, and E. H. Village Records. R. D. owned land 
at Piper's brook in 1709, which he sold to Henry Luddington, and in 171 3 he sold 
land near Foxon's to widow Elizabeth Potter. In his deeds he is described as " a 
husbandman " or " yeoman." 

3 His son John was now 25 years of age, while his wife's second child, William, 
was dead, and her eldest, Hannah, was this year married. Hence it is inferred that 
his family consisted, besides himself and wife, of her youngest child by her former 

32 'The Dawson Family. 

and in Feb. 1708-g of two only.' In this month he executed 
a deed of gift^ to his eldest son, John, married the preceding 
summer, of a house ai\d home lot of five acres at Foxon's ; 
reserving to himself, however, liberty of half the fruit of the 
orchard, then standing, yearly, and of planting tobacco as long as 
he should live, "in y^ yard for that use." It is pleasant to find 
the words " for y° love I beare" in the ancient records. As to 
the donor's further intent in the gift of the homestead,^ the deed 
recites as follows : " I give y" aforesaid land to my aforesaid son 
and to his first son if he live, and if he die before possessed, then 
to y'= next son, and soe forth, and for want of male heirs to 
female, beginning at y^ oldest," etc. The land is described as 
bounded on the north "by land I have given to Joseph Grannis." 
The deed to Grannis bears a later date — the next month - 
and conveys to him a small tract of about two acres. He had 
married, seven years before, R. D's step-daughter, Hannah 
Russell, and was a farmer of average estate. Probably it was 
expected or hoped he would occupy the two acres as a home lot. 
The consideration of love, as expressed, seems to have more 
than a formal significance, in this quaintly worded instrument. 
" For y' love I beare to my son-in-law Joseph Grannis and to 

his present wife Hannah as alsoy'= grate afection I beare 

to their oldest child Joseph," so says the record,'' " I doe make 
over a certain trackt of upland lying on y" bounds of East Haven 
aforesaid, at a place called Foxon's, by estimation two acres, be 

husband, and their one child, Thomas, then probably fifteen years of age. Or, if the 
daughter was not married until after this " listing," she m'ay have been reckoned as one of 
R.D's family, and his wife's youngest son by her former husband, being then just of 
age, not reckoned. Or, it may be that R. D. had another child by his second "wife, 
living at this time, but who died young and unrecorded. After his death his sons 
John and Thomas described themselves as his only sur'vi'ving children. 

^ Thomas being at this time separately listed as a single man proves that he must 
have been of age, this year, and consequently born in 1687, as before suggested, in- 
stead of in 1693, as Dodd states. He and John (who, having married in 1708, was 
set down as having two persons in his family) both participated in the division of land 
this year, as also in the later distributions. 

= Feb. 6, 1708-9. — £. H. Village Records, p. 79. 

3 Feb. 15, 1708-9, it was agreed on and voted to " lay out the rest of ye land" 

*' from yc corner southward of Robert Dawson's home lot, where his house 

stood, now made over to his son John Dawson, thence to Mr. Davenport's northeast 
corner," etc. — £. H. F. R., p. 58. 

■1 March, 11, 1708-9.— .E. H. V. R., p. 80. The child Joseph was lost at sea 
about twenty years after this d,Ue. — E. H. Register, ]f. 122. 

The 'Dawson Family. 33 

it more or less, bounded by y' land of Thomas Pinion 

Robert Dawson y= highway, and y' land of 

John Dawson to J. G. and H. his wife during their life, 

and at their death I give it to their oldest child Joseph aforesaid, 
and if he die before possessed then it shall be to the next of my 
son Joseph Grannis children," &c. 

Thirty years after the settlement of Robert and Hannah Daw- 
son at Foxon's she died, said by Dodd to be " aged 49 ",' an 
impossible age, as her eldest child (Hannah Russell Grannis) 
was born in 1670, and was therefore about forty-three years of 
age when the mother died. The record states neither name nor 
age, but this only : " The second wife of Robert Dawson de- 
ceased the 30th day of January, 1713-14."^ In the March 
following — "a valuable," but unexpressed, "consideration" 
him " thereunto moving " — he gave their son-in-law Joseph 
Grannis — son to him however only by adoption — a deed of his 
second " home lot " at Foxon's. 3 This contained eight acres 
of land, with dwelling-house thereon, and adjoined the lot of 
land which he had previously given Grannis, as mentioned above. 

He was still living in 1 7 17,'' but the date of his death does not 
appear. It is certain, however, that it occurred before the 17th 
March, 1718, his sons John and Thomas joining in a deed of 
that date in which they describe themselves as " sons of Robert 
Dawson deceased." 5 By this instrument, upon consideration 
that their father had bargained and sold " all his right to land in 
a place called y'^ Pond Rock " to Ebenezer Chedsey, and had 
" received satisfaction for the same," but had not " made it over 
to him," they confirm to said Chedsey " all y" right that did be- 
long to our aforesaid father in said rockey land called Pond Rock, 
according as his lot was drawn by East Haven," though " not 
yet laid out," &c. 

By another instrument, * their father having evidently died in- 
testate, these sons enter into an agreement for the settlement of 

" E. H Register, p. 164. 

= E. H. l^"^ Records, p. 114. 

3 4 March, 1715-14. — £. H. V. R., p. 163. 

* Sec location of his residence this year described. — E. //. R., p. 47. 

s E. H. y. R., p. 137. 

' 15 June, 1719.— E. H. V. R., p. 247. 


34 The Dawson Family. 

his estate. It recites that they, being the sole surviving children 
of their deceased father, the movable estate being already divided, 
are to pay debts and receive dues of the estate equally, Thomas 
Dawson to have a certain home lot of five acres, and also a piece 
of lowland and upland (the quantity not expressed) and John 
Dawson to have the house and homestead which R. D. lived 
in, then in J. D.'s possession, containing about five acres, and 
a piece of lowland and upland of about twenty acres ; all the re- 
maining undivided land to be divided in equal shares between 
them, their heirs and assigns. 

The age of Robert Dawson at his death was probably from 
65 to 70 years ; and his record may be briefly restated as follows : 

1. Robert Dawson, farmer, received grant of land at 
Foxon's, East Haven, 1683, on condition of building a tenant- 
able house thereon within three years; was living, 171 7 ; died 
there before 17 March, 17 18, aged near 70 years. Had by his 
first wife, name unknown, one son : 

2-1. John, born 1677, died 1737 or later ; m. 

He married, second, 1683 or earlier, widow Hannah Russell, who 
died in East Haven, 30 Jan., 1713-14. They had : 
2-2. Thomas, born 1687, d. Jan. 12, 1759 ; m. 

2-1. John Dawson, farmer, h. 1677, eldest son of Robert 
Dawson, also resided at Foxon's, in East Haven. He shared 
in various divisions of the common lands after he became of age, 
and also received land from his father's estate before and after 
the death of the latter.' He was chosen one of the " Listers " 
of Estates, 13 Dec, 1714.° In 1737 he and his wife were 
parties to a sale of land of her late father, William Lud- 
dington, sold to pay the debts of his estate. ^ In the same year. 

* See the preceding account of R. D.,and notes. J. D. sold small tracts of land, to 
Joseph Grannis, 8 Jan., 1711-12; Joseph Tuttle, 29 Mar., 1714; Moses Mansfield, 
5 Feb., 1716-17 ; Jeremiah Atwater, 13 Jan., 1719-20; Samuel Russell jr., 7 Mar., 
1721-22; Joseph Grannis sr., house and two parcels of land, 20 April, 1724; 
Samuel Smith jr., 29 Jan., 1728-29. — £. H. f^. R., pp. 164, 197, and N. H. Records, 
vol. 5, pp. 530, 379; vol. 6, p. 29; vol. 7, p. 91; vol. 8, p. 44. In 1710 a 
highway was laid out " from Matthew Moulthrop's home lot westward of the river 
lots until you come to John Dawson's home lot of four rods wide." — E. H. Reghitr, 

^E.H. V. R., 120. 

'June 21, 1737. — N. H. R., vol. 10, p. 366. 

The Dawson Family. 35 

it having been voted in a village meeting " to sell the parsonage 
and constitute a permanent fund with the avails," he and a few 
others entered their protest against the sale of the property.' 
Dodd states that he died Aug. 28, 1732, aged 55. "^ As 
to the year the error is manifest ; it may have been 1737, but 
could not have been earlier. 3 He married, ist. July i, 1708, 
Sarah Chedsey,'^ b. Dec. 8, 1689, d. May 22, 1709. 2d. 
1715, Mary Luddington^^ b. May 31, 1691, d. "of fever 
and dysentery," Oct. 11, 1742. She was the mother of his 
children. They had : 4194989 

3-1. Timothy, b. April 27, 1716, d. May 15, 1740 jot?" 
3-2. Robert, b. March 2, 1718, d. Jan. 26, 1799 ; m. 
3-3. Anna, b. 1720, d. young. 

3-4. Titus, b. 1722, d. "of fever and dysentery," Sept. 28, 1742 ; unm. ' 
3-5. John, b. , d. May 19, 1787 ; m. 

2-2. Thomas Dawson, farmer, b. 1687, son of Robert and 
Hannah Dawson, resided at Foxon's ; ' purchased tracts of land ^ 

' E. H. R., p. 66. 

'Ibid, p. 166. 

3 The original record, which Dodd must have seen but incorrectly transcribed, as to 
date, and perhaps as to agt, has not been found by the compiler hereof, and the dis- 
crepancies here apparent cannot at present be explained. (See p. 29, sub-note *) It 
is not impossible that J. Ef. was son of the ucond wife of R. D., since 16834-55 = 

■• Her father was Ebenezer Chedsey, shoemaker, township clerk for 24 years, b. 
Feb. 10, 1665, d. Sept. 26, 1726, son of John Chedsey, farmer, deacon of the first 
church in N. Haven, and " father of all the Chedsey family." He signed the 
Colony Constitution in 1644, being then about 23 years of age; removed to Stoney 
river 16S1, and d. there Dec. 31, 16SS, aged 67. 

5 She was eldest ch. of Wm. Luiidington jun., (d. Feb. 3, 1737, aged abt. 80) 
farmer, of considerable estate, and his second w. Mercy Whitehead (b. Jan. 10, 1668, 
d. Nov. 23, 1743, dau. of John and Mart/ia Bradfidd Whitehead, of Branford). 
They were m. 1 690. Previous to their marriage it was stipulated by written cove- 
nant that the first child which she might have should be made equal in heirship 
with his first ch. which he had by his first w., he being entitled to a double share, 
and that her other chn. should be made equal to his other chn. Wm. Luddington 
sen., of Charlestown or Maiden, Mass., 1 642, d. at the Ironworks, 1 662. 

''Dodd says he d. unm., but it is supposed it was his widow, Margaret DaivioUy 
who m. Richard Darrow, 6 Nov., 1759. — £. H. Church Records. U not so, who 

' Sec description of highways laid out, 1734, through and along his land. — E. H. 
R., pp. 90, 91. "Jan. 22, 1739-40. Voted that Caleb Palmery shall have liberty 
to shut up the highway between his own land ajpd Thomas Dawson's land from the 
Pond Rock to the river during the pleasure of the proprietors." — E. H. Proprietors^ 
Records, vol. 2, p. 3. 

"From Jacob Mallory, 21 Aug., 1713; Thomas Robinson, 20 May, 1723; 
both " at Foxon's." From Benj. and Mabel Utter moiety of seven acres salt meadow 
land she received from estate of her father, Capt. John Russell (16 Oct., 1728 J. 
From Joseph Mallory (13 Nov., 1727) a right of land which Ifclonged to his 

36 T^he Dawson Family. 

there of various parties ; sold some ;^ shared in divisions of the 
common lands from 1708 onward ;^ also in the division of his 
father's estate. 3 He was one of three chosen by vote to take 
care of the school in the Foxon district.'' He and his w. Hannah 
joined (Sept. 30, 1736), with other heirs of her grandfather, 
Eliakim Hitchcock, deceased, in a deed to her uncle John Hitch- 
cock of all lands belonging to the estate of said E. H. lying in 
East Haven ; and (12 Oct. same year) the same to same relealsed 
and quit claimed all right in the personal estate of Matthias and 
Hannah Hitchcock, late of E. Haven, deceased. s He died Jan. 

12, 1759, aged 72,^ having married, ist. Mehitahel , 

who d. Oct. 25, 1723.7 2d. Hannah Robinson^ b. Feb. 24, 
.1698, bapt. June 13, 1756, d. a wid. July 7, 1781, aged 82. ^ 
He had, by first w. : 

3-6. Sarah, b. 1723, d. "of ihroat ail," 1736, a. 13. 
By his second w. he had : 

"father Pinion," called in £. H. Records "the pitch lots." From Joseph Abbott, 
land at Foxon's, 8 May, 1731; Samuel Russell, ditto, 21 Sept., 1731 ; Joseph 
Abbott, two other tracts at Foxon's, 12 Nov., 1733 and 18 Jan., 1733-34; Benj. 
and Dorothy Mallory, 16 acres at Foxon's, 12 July, 1740.^ — E. H. V. R., 150 j N. 
H. R., vol. 6, p. 280 j vol. 7, pp. 56, 121, 333; vol. 9, pp. 81, 372, 454; vol. 

'To Richard Darrow, 4 Feb., 171 1-12; John Robinson, 4 Mar., 1713-14; Thomas 
Cams, 27 Mar., 1718; Jos. Grannisjun., 18 Jan., 1733-34; Daniel Hitchcock, 
I Dec, 1741 ; and to Stephen Grannis, consideration of" £194, " equal half part of 
land in parish of East Haven, lying at a place called Foxon's, containing in the 
whole 13 acres," 17 May, 1754. The last-named grantee was his son-in-law. — E. 
H. ^. i?., pp. 143, 150, 252 ; A^. //. S., vol. 9, p. 510 ; vol. II, p. 382; vol. 19, p. 272. 

= See p. 32, n. 2. 

3 See p. 33. 

<Dec. 4, 1732, "At a Society Meeting, Lt. Samuel Smith, Matthew Roe and 
Thomas Dawson were chosen by vote to take care of the school in those parts where 
they live, and take their orders from the school committee." — E. H. V. R. 

s N. H. R., vol. 10, pp. 268, 44S. 

' £. H. R., p. 171. His will, dated 22 March, 1756, probated 20 June, 1759, 
mentions his w. Hannah, " eldest daughter Hannah Grannis," daughter Lydia Grannis, 
and '* two youngest daughters, Sarah and Mary." 

7 The name occurs only in the record of deaths : " 1723. Oct. 25, Mehitabel, 
w. of Thomas Dawson."— E. H. R., p. 165. 

^ Dau. of Jacob Robinson, weaver, who m. Sarah Hitchcock, 1690. His w. was 
b. Oct. 16, 1669, and was dau. of Eliakim (farmer, of good estate) and Sarai Mer- 
rick Hitchcock, m. Nov. 4, 1667 ; gr. dau. of Matthias Hitchcock, who came to 
Boston from London, in the "Susan and Ellen," 1635, aged 25, signed the Planta- 
tion Covenant at New Haven, 1639, and was one of the purchasers of Southend 
Neck, East Haven. He d. 1669. 

5 " On motion of Israel Potter, of Litchticld, husband of Mary Potter, who was 
Mary Dawson, daughter of Thomas Dawson, Lite of New Haven, deceased," the 
Court of Probate appointed (30 Oct., 1781,) persons to divide her dower estate, which 
was given to Hannah and Lydia Grannis, and the heirs of Sarah Smith, deceased. , 

The Dawson Family. 37 

3-7. Mary, b. 1726, d. "of throat ail," Nov. 9, 1736, a. 10. 
3—8. Hannah, b. abt. 1727. Grannis. 

3-9. Lydia, b. 1729, d. a wid. Dec. 7, 1789,3. 60. Grannis. 
3-10. Joseph, b. 1735, d. " of throat ail," Feb. 8, 1737, a. 2. 
3-ii.Mary, b. 1736, d. "of throat ail," Feb. 9, \-j ■},■], infant. 
3-12. Sarah, b. 1737, d. Oct. 23, 1764, a. 28. Smith. 
3-13. Mary, b. abt. 1740. Potter. 

3-2. Robert Dawson was a farmer at Foxon's, East Haven, 
b. Mar. 2, 1718, d. in same township, "of a pleurisy," Jan. 26, 
1799, aged 81.' He shared in the division of his father's estate ; 
also bought land there of his brother John ;' and from his uncle 
William Luddington, who lived in Waterbury, he purchased 
the right to " a certain lottment " which had been his grand- 
father Luddington's.3 He sold small tracts at Foxon's to Levi 
Bradley and Asher Moulthrop.' He m. ist. wid. Thankful 
Grannis,* who d. " of consumption," June 29, 1787, aged 60. 
She was "admitted to communion," Aug. 4, 1757, and was 
mother of all his children. He m. 2d. Dec. 6, 1787, Mary 
RusselQ \>. April 20, 1732, d. May 13, 1824, aged 92. He 
had six children : 
4-1. Desire, d. young. 

4-2. Abigail, b. abt. 1743, d. Dec. 15, 1766, aged 23. Way. 
4-3. Mary, b. abt. 1745, ^- " '" child-bed" Jan. 26, 1773, aged 

28. Smith. 
4-4. Susan, m. David Downs, Feb. 9, 1768. No further record. 
4-5. Huldah. 
4-6. Joel, abt. 1754, d. Nov. 4, 1801, aged 46; m. 

' His will, dated Nov. i2, 1796, probated Feb. 21, 1799, gave to his w, Mary all 
his personal estate, and the use for life of all his real estate ; after her use, all the 
real estate to his son Joel. 

= A home lot of three acres adjoining land of John Dawson and Josiah and 
Matthew Moulthrop, 12 Jan., 1740-41. — N. H. R., vol. 11, p. 245. And another 
limilar tract from Asaph Hotchkiss and w. and Mary Russell, 25 July, 1795. — E. H. 
i?., vol. 2, p. 96. His wid. purchased several parcels of land after his death. — E. H. 
R.y vol. 2, pp. 277, 310; vol. 3, pp. 103, 189. 

3 Nov. 28, 1744. — N. H. R., vol. 12, p. 364. 

4Seven and a half acres at Foxon's, II June, 1755. — N. H. i?., vol. 21, p. 431. 

5 About three acres at Foxon's, 26 March, 1759. — N. H. R., vol. 21, p. 494. 

''She was wid. of William Grannis, son of Joseph and gr. son of Edward Grannis, 
of N. Haven. Her maiden name was jH/en. 

' After Robert Dawson's death, she. being then 67, m. Ebenezer Chedsey, whom 
she survived 18 yrs., he having d. in i8o6. She was dau. of Edward (b. Apl. 19, 
1698, d Apl. 21, 1773) and Catherine Utter Russell. Her father was son oi^ Capt. 
John (b. Dec. 14, 1664, d. Feb. 13, 1724), and Hannah Moulthrop Russell, m. 
April 17, 16S7; gr. son of Ralph (d. 1679) and Mary Hitchcock Russell, m. Oct. 
12, 1663. Ralph was bro. of John Russell, whose wid. was zd. w. of the first 
Robert Dawson. 

38 The Dawson Family. 

3-5. John Dawson Jun., farmer, b. in East Haven, d. in 
New Hartford, Conn., May 19, 1787, aged abt. 68 years.' 
Some say that he was a ship-carpenter and mariner. It is prob- 
able that he went on several voyages, principally to trade in 
the West Indies ; but his occupation was properly that of a 
farmer.^ He was a person of considerable estate. 3 

In 1 741 he, with three others, obtained liberty from the East 
Haven proprietors to set up a " Sabba-day house " for each of 
them, near the meeting-house.'* 

■ This information from his gt. gr. dau., Mrs. Emily Worden, of Danby, N. Y., 
whose accuracy as to dates has been remarkably verified in several cases by reference 
to original records. She states that he was 68 yrs. of age when he d., which would 
make the date of his birth 17 19. If so, his place in his father's record should be 
next after Robert, though he is named last by Dodd. From the fact that he executed 
a conveyance of land to his brother in Jan., 1740-41, it is inferred that he was of 
age that year, which would confirm Mrs. W's. statement. 

^ Stories of his capture and maltreatment by pirates, at one time in the course of 
his seafaring life, are traditional in the family. He doubtless had some experience of 
that sort. In his old age he resided with his son Titus, in New Hartford. The 
late Mr. John Dawson, of Spencer, N. Y., son of Titus, was 8 yrs. of age when 
the gr. father d., and in 1870 told the compiler hereof he had often heard his gr. 
father relate the story of his capture by the pirates, and remembered that he would 
always appear excited and angry when he referred to the outrages they had committed. 
He was a man of medium height, thick set, and very sprightly in step and manner. 
Though nearly 70 yrs. of age, his hair and beard, which were naturally dark, re- 
tained their original color. 

3 Several deeds of sale of his lands in East Haven are on N. H. Records. To 
Isaac Grannis, 3 March, 1745-6; to Russell Grannis jun., 31 May, 1748 ; to 
Stephen Grannis, 11 Jan., 1748-9; same, 4 Jan., 1749-50; Timothy Jones, 5 
Jan., 1761.— iV. H. R., vol. 12, p. 156; 14, p. 339; 15, pp. 157,358; S4,P- 95- 
He afterwards owned and sold land in Southington. See deed to Eber Merriam, con- 
sideration £90, tracts of 30 acres and 2 acres, 22 Jan., 1784. — South'n. Records, -vol. 

1, p. 331. He received from Farmington town commissioners deed of land in 
consideration of land taken for highway, 24 May, 1764; from Barnabas Dunham 
half of house, barn, 91 acres, and " one piece more of y= little plain," 17 Dec, 1767. 
Sold, with son Timothy, 16 acres to Samuel and Oliver Smith, of North Haven, 3 
June, 1773 ; and to Gamaliel Cowles, of Farmington, two small tracts, 21 May, 
'777- — Farmington Records, vol. 15, p. 352; 19, p. 441; 22, p. 54. 

' " Jan. 18, 1741-42, voted that Lt. John Russell and John Dawson, and Matthew 
Moulthrop and Asher Moulthrop shall have liberty for each of them to set up a Saba- 
day house as near the meeting house as may be convenient."— E. H. Prop. Rrc, vol. 

2, p. 2. The Sabbaday or noon houses then common were rendered necessary from 
the fact that the meeting houses were destitute of the modern conveniences for warm- 
ing. They usually consisted of four rooms, with a fire place in each, and were gen- 
erally built at the united expense of four or more persons, to be occupied only on the 
sabbath by their respective families, and such guests as they invited to join with them. 
" On the morning of the sabbath, the owner of each room deposited in his saddle 
bags the necessary refreshments for himself and family, and took an early start for the 
sanctuary. He first called at his noon-house, built a fire, deposited his luncheon, 
warmed himself and family, and at the hour of worship they ^ere all ready to sally 
forth and to shiver in the cold during the morning service. At noon they returned to 
their noon-house, where a warm room received them. The refreshments, consisting 
of bread and cheese, doughnuts, apples, cider, and perhaps cold meat or chicken, were 

T^he Dawson Family. 39 

He m. Mary Moulthrop^^ who was " admitted to communion," 
March 7, 1757,° and d. before 1778.3 They removed to South- 
ington, then a parish of the town of Farmington, about 1762 ; 
after her death he lived with his son Titus in New Hartford. 

Their children, probably all b. in E. Haven, were : 

4-7. Mary, b. about 1 742, d. nnm. 

4-8. Timothy, b. abt. 1743, d. June, 1828, aged 85 ; m. 

4-9. Titus, b. Jan. 13, 1748, d. March 14, 1840, aged 92 ; m. 

4-10. Sarah, b. Feb. 2, 1750, d. Dec. 1838, aged 88. Fuller. 

4-11. Polly, b. abt. 1757, d. abt. 1785, aged 28. Barnes. 

4-12. Martha, d. when abt. 17.^ 

3-8. Hannah Dawson^ b. abt. 1727, m. her cousin 
Stephen Grannis,' abt. 1745, farmer, of East Haven ; after- 
wards resided at Southington. 

They had six children : 

4-13. Joel. 
4-14. Stephen. 
4-15. Jacob. 
4-16. Mabel. 
4-17. Lydia. 
4-18. Jerusha. 

then brought forth, and after all had partaken, thanks being returned, the remaining 
time was spent in conversation, or reading a chapter from the Bible or some religious 
book, or discussing the morning's sermon ; and not unfrequently prayer was offered 
before returning again into the sanctuary for afternoon worship. At the close of the 
service of the afternoon, if the weather was severely cold, the family returned to the 
noon house to warm themselves, after which the fires were extinguished, the saddle 
bags gathered up, the house locked, and all returned home." 

■ Dau. of John jun. (b. March 17, 1696, d. 1727), and Sarah Moulthrop ; gr. 
dau. of Sergt. John (b. Feb. 5, 1667, d. Feb. 14, 171 3), and Abigail Bradley Moul- 
throp, m. June 29, 1692. The last named J. M. was son of Matthew jun., (d. 
Feb. I, 1691, aged 53), and Hannah Thomfviti Moulthrop, m. 2 June, 1662, in 
which year M. M. sen., removed from New Haven to Stoney river. He signed 
the Colony Constitution, 1639 ; participated in the first division of land, and became 
a man of some prominence. He was appointed conservator of the morals of the 
people about the Iron Works. He d. Dec 22, 1668 ; his wid. Jane, d. May, 1672. 

= E. H. Church Records, which also contain the following : " Molly, Timothy, 
Titus and Sarah, children of John Dawson, were bapt. June 10, 1757." 

3 So states Mrs. Worden. 

" The nmies of Polly and Martha from Mrs. E. Farnsworth, Spencer, N. Y., 
gr. dau. of Titus; the other names from East Haven Register , p. 115; also from 
Church Record above quoted. 

s Her father, Thomas Dawson, and his mother, Hannah Russell, had the same 
mother. He was son of Joseph Grannis, of North Haven, (b. Mar. 12, 1677), and 
w. Hannah, dau. of John Russell, m. Nov. 3, 1702; gr. son of Edward and Eliza- 
helh Andrews Grannis, m. 3 May, 1655. 

40 The 'Dawson Family. 

3-9. Lydia Z)ffww«, b. abt. 1729, m. abt. 1750, her cousin's 
son, Samuel Grannis,' and d. a wid., Dec. 7, 1789, aged 60. 
He was a farmer, of East Haven, and d. abt. 1 765.^ They had : 
4-19. Russell. 

4-20. Lydia, who d. May 23, 1797, aged 41. Smith ; Moulthrop. 
4-21. Samuel. 

3-12. Sarah Dawson., b. 1737, "baptized on owning cove- 
nant," June 27, 1756, became the second w. of Capt., after- 
wards Deacon, Stephen Smith, Nov. 20, 1760, and d. Oct. 
23, 1764. He was b. Nov. 28, 1724, d. Jan. 22, 1816, aged 
92.3 They had : 
4-22. Thomas, b. Nov. 29, 1761 ; m. 

3-13. Mary Dawson., b. abt. 1740, m. Feb. 4, 1761, Israel 
Potter,'' of E. Haven and Litchfield. They had seven chn. : 
4-23. Sarah. Luddington. 
4-24. Hannah. 
4-25. Anna, d. young. 
4-26. Joel. 
4-27. Asahel. 
4-28. Anna. 
4-29. Enos. 

4-2. Abigail Dawson., b. abt. 1743, d. Dec. 15, 1766, aged 
23 ; m. Timothy Way,5 October 2, 1765, and had : 
5-1. Abigail, b. Dec. 7, 1766. 

' ^ He was son of Russell Grannis (bro. of Stephen, above namedj and w. Lydia 
Forbes, who d. a wid., 1761. 

"Administration on his estate was granted to his wid. Lydia Grannis. Sept., 1765, 
and in October of same year she was appointed guardian of their three minor children, 
Russell, Lydia and Samuel Grannis. 

3 He was one of the committee of East Haven men selected to procure separation 
from New Haven, and was appointed by the General Assembly to preside at the first 
town-meeting held under the act providing for the separation, July, 1785. — Village 
Sac. Rcc, vol. 2, p. 153 j E. H. R., p. 53. He was-son of Thomas Smith 3d and 
w. Abigail Goodsell ; gr. son of Thomas jun., and w. Sarah Howe j gt. gr. son of 
Thomas and Elizabeth Pattenon Smith, m. 1662. 

■* Son of Enos and Sarah Hemingioay Potter; gr. son of John 3d 2ni Elizabeth 
Holt Potter, m. Feb. 23, 1692. John 3d was son of Sergt. John jun., and Hannah 
CM^cr Potter, m. 1661 ; gr. son of John Potter, who signed the Plantation Covenant, 
June 4, 1639. Sarah Hemingway was dau. of Abraham Hemingway, and gr. dau. 
of Samuel and Sarah Cooper Hemingway, of E. Haven, m. 1662. Elizabeth Holt 
was dau. of John and Elisoateih Thomas Holt, gr. dau of William and Sarah Holt, 
of New Haven. Hannah Cooper was dau. of John Cooper, who removed from N. 
Haven to Stoney river "about the time the Iron Works was established." He was 
agent of the Works, and also, 1664-67, representative in the general court. 

5 By his second w. Timothy Way had 13 chn., 8 of whom d. young, and his third 

The Dawson Family. 41 

4-3. Mary Dawson^ b. 1745, d. in childbed, Jan. 26, 1773, 
aged 28 ; m. Samuel Smith jun., April 11, 1765, and had : 
5-2. Samuel. 

5-3. Jared, d. at sea, May 6, 1 796, aged 24 ; unm. 
5-4. Lydia, b. Jan., 1773, m. Isaac Chedsey/ 1791. No further record. 

4-6. Joel Dawson, farmer, b. abt. 1754, d. Nov. 4, 1801, 
aged 46. He m. abt. 1778, Sybil Luddlngton^ b. June 18, 
1758, d. March 6, 1823, aged 65. Both b. in E. Haven, d. 
in Schodack, N. Y., to which latter place — then in Albany 
county, now in Rensselaer county — they removed from Con- 
necticut between 24 Sept., 1783,3 and 8 Nov., 1785.'' They 
had five children: 
5-5. Huldah, b. in E. Haven, Nov. ;, 1779, d. in Schodack, Oct. 29, 

1871, a. 92. Carpenter. 
5-6. Mary, b. in E. Haven, April 28, 1782, d. in Castleton, N. Y., May 

2, 1835, a. 53. Smith. 
5-7. Thankful, b. in Schodack, July 1 1, 1786, d. in Greenbush, N. Y., 

Aug. 26, 1853, a. 67. Fuller. 
5-8. Amy, b. in Schodack, May 8, 1790, d. in Schodack, March 2, 

1833, a. 43. Van Valkenburgh. 
5-9. Joel, b. in Schodack, March 3, 1793, ''^^- 1^73' South Schodack, 

N. Y.;ffj. 

4-8. Timothy Dawson, farmer, b. in E. Haven, abt. 1743, 
d. in New Hartford, Conn., June, 1828, aged 85. He resided 
in Southington (then a parish of the township of Farmington) 
from about 1772 to 1795.5 He rendered some service as a 

w. had 6 more. He was b. March 16, 1745, d. 1814, aged 59 ; son of James Way,* 
sexton, who m. Dorcas Luddington, b. July 16, 1704, youngest sister of Mercy Lud- 
dington, 2d w. of John Dawson (2-1). 

■ Eldest son of Ebenezer Chedsey (d. July 9, i go6, a. 69) and w. Elizabeth Grannis 
(d. July 9, 1803, a. 62), m. June 26, 1761; gr.. son of Capt. Isaac Chedsey (b. June 
3, 1710, d. Aug. 12, 1793) and w. Mary Pardee, (who d. Dec. 23, 1789, a. 77). 
Capt. Isaac was a bro. of Sarah Chedsey, who m. John Dawson(2-i), 1708. 

= Eldest ch. of Amos Luddington, who m. Mercy Thompson, June 7, 1757 j son 
of Eliphalet Luddington and w. Abigail Collins. E. L. was b. April 28, 1697, and 
was bro. of Mercy L., the second w. of John Dawson (2-1). 

3 In a deed of this date conveying land in E. Haven, they describe themselves as "of 
New Haven." — N. H. R., vol. 40, p. 204. 

* Joined with other heirs of her gr. father Eliphalet Luddington in conveyance to 
Ebenezer Holt of land in township of New Haven ; now described as " of Scodack, 
in Albany Co., N. Y."—E. H. V. R., 305. 

5 Deeds in Southington : From Solomon Cowles, two pieces of land, 54 acres, l8 
Sept., 1772. Tn Earles Sharp of Farmington, li acres, 11 Feb., 1777; to Oliver 
and Mary Smith, of New Haven, lo acres, 4 March, 1777 ; to Gamaliel Cowles, two 
lots, quantity not stated, '' lying undivided with land of my honored father, John 
Dawson," 14 March, 1777. With his father, to Samuel and Oliver Smith of North 
Haven, 16 acres, 3 June, 1773. — Farmington Records, vol. 19, pp. 104, 441 ; 22, pp. 
47. 107 i II. P- 495- 


42 The Dawson Family. 

Revolutionary soldier, but the particulars are not known. He 
was of a merry, jocular disposition, and is reputed to have been 
a man of great physical strength, which he was fond of display- 
ing in feats of lifting, etc' 

He married, ist. Jan. 2, 1772, Jnna Holt,' who was b. in 
E. Haven, March 14, 1752, d. Oct., 1776, aged 24. She had 
3 chn. He married, 

2d. 1777, Abigail TVimton,^ of Southington ; b. in Southing- 
ton parish (Farmington), Nov. 6, 1754, d. in New Hartford, 
June, 1816, aged 62. She had eight children. He married, 

3d. 1818, Lucina Marsh,'' who was b. in New Hartford, 

" Many anecdotes are told of his achievements of this sort. One which illustrates 
his character as well as his strength is as follows : A neighbor, somewhat below him 
in stature, angered by some fancied wrong, attempted an assault on him, but he, 
holding the assailant for a moment at arms' length, and innocent of any wish to injure 

him, said, with a good natured smile, " Why, neighbor J. ,1 would scorn to strike 

you !" at the same time lifting him from his feet, and, with extended arms, holding 
him in that position until his anger had time to cool. He was a large, broad shouldered 
man, and somewhat noted as a perpetrator of practical jokes, and the promoter of 
harmless pleasantries of all sorts. 

= Dau. of Daniel (b. Sept. 6, I7ii,d. June ii, 1756), and Anna Smith Holt. 
Her father was one of the prominent men in E. Haven, and took much interest in 
public affairs. He was 3d son of Joseph (b. June 23, 1680), and Abigail Heming- 
way Holt, m. Feb. 28, 1705-6; gr. son of John (b. 1645, d. June 16, 1733), and 
Elizabeth Thomas Holt, m. Jan., 1673 ; gt. gr. son of William Holt (b. probably in 
England, 1610, d. 1683), who signed the Colony Constitution of New Haven, I July, 
1644. — E H. R., 127 J Durrie's History of the Holt Family. 

•3 Dau. of John and iy</M £mroTO Winston, m. in New Hartford, March 12,1752. 
Her father, who had been in early life a school teacher, was a farmer in Farmington, 
much respected, and owned a considerable property in Southington parish — now 
Southington township — a part of which, for "consideration of parental love," &c., 
was deeded to him by his father. He d. in E. Haven abt. 1789, aged abt. 60. He 
was son of Daniel Winston, of same township, formerly of Wallingford, twin bro. of 
Stephen, b. 18 Aug., 1690; gr, son of Sergt. John (b. N. Haven, 21 April, 1657), 
and Elizabeth Daniel Winston, m. 9 May, 1682. Sergt. J. W., was repeatedly ap- 
pointed commissary for county of New Haven (1690 to 1704), in connection with 
the fitting out of expeditions for the king's service against the enemy — French and 
Indians — at Albany, etc. — His father, also named John Winston (sometimes written 
Winstone, Wenston, Wenstone), was recorded a freeman of New Haven colony, 
March 7, 1 647 ; purchased house and home lot in New Haven, of Samuel Whitehead, 
1651 ; was concerned with Stephen Goodyear in establishing the Iron Works at E. 
Haven, 1655, the first in Conn. ; commissioner on the part of New Haven to fix the 
bounds of Wallington, 1673 ; d. probably 1697; held in good esteem by his fellow 
citizens. — Savage's Gen. Diet. ; Hoadley's Colonial Records ; E. H. Register. Eliza- 
beth Daniel, above named, was dau. of Stephen Daniel and w. Anna or Hannah, 
dau. of Thomas Gregson, who was a principal man in the colony, and the first white 
settler at E. Haven. He was appointed agent of the colony to the parliament in 
England to obtain a patent, and was lost at sea, on the voyage over, 1647. See 
story of the Phantom iihip^ Mather's Ma^nalia : also E. H. Register. 

•1 She a maiden lady, having a small property in her own right. She was dau. 
of John Marsh (d. in Whitestown, N. Y., 1805, aged 78), and his 2d w. Sarah 
Nash (b. 26 April, 1738, d. in New Hartford, 17 July, 1775), m. 17 June, 1763; 

'The Dawson Family. 43 

June 15, 1764, and d. a wid. in that township, abt. Oct. 1831,' 
aged 67. No chn. 

The chn. of Timothy and Anna Holt Dawson, were : 
-10. Holt, b. probably in Southington, Jan. 5, 1773, d. in New- 
Hartford, Aug. 25, 1825, aged 52 ; «r. 
-II. Thomas, b. in Southington, July 28, 1775, d. in New Haven, 

Jan. 18, 1835, aged 60 ; m. 
-12. Mary, twin sister of Thomas , d. in E. Haven, July 31, 1870, aged 

95. TuTTLE. 

The chn. of Timothy and Abigail Winston Dawson, were : 
-13. Abigail, b. 1778, d. young. 
-14. Anna, b. in Southington, Aug. 7, 1779, ^- in Union, N. Y., Feb. 

26, 1858, a. 79. Meloy. 
-15. Eunecia, b. in Southington, Dec. 26, 1781, d. in Dunl^irk, N. Y., 

March 4, 1855, a. 73. Prescott ; Aldrich. 
-16. Bristol, b. in Southington, June 12, 1785, d. in Meriden, Ct., Feb. 

25, 1859, a. 74; m. 
-17. Timothy John, b. in Southington, Aug. 13, 1 788, d. in Cazenovia, 

N. Y., March 2, 1843, a. 55 ; m. 
-18. Lydia, b. in Southington, Feb. 10, 1791, d. in Ellicottville, N. Y,, 

June 29, 1835, a. 44. Beecher. 
-19. Seth, b. in Southington, 1795, d. in Nelson, N. Y., Sept. "^' '^35' 

a. 40 ; m. 
-20. Elizur Andrus, b. in New Hartford, March 18, 1798, res. 1873, 

Northampton, Mass. ; m. 

4-9. Titus Dawson, farmer, b. in E. Haven, Jan. 13, 
1748, d. in Danby, N. Y., March 14, 1840, aged 92. He 
served as a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and was a half-pen- ^ 
sioner. Hem. in Cheshire, Conn., Aug. 26, 1778, Sybil D en- 
nison,'- who was b. in E. Haven, Oct. 14, 1746, and d. in 
Danby, N. Y., Aug. 14, 1837, aged 91, having been blind for 
some years previously. They resided in East Haven, Southing- 
first b. after the death of his first w. who was Lusina Seymour, (m. 2 Feb., 1758, d. 
14 May, 1762). 

' The Nasi Family record says she d. in N. Hartford "about 1847," but the 
above is believed to be very nearly the correct date. 

' Eldest dau. of James and Sarai Smith Denison. Her father was son of James 
jun., (b. Jan. 5, 1683), and gr. son of James Denison, who m. Bethiah, dau. of 
Jarvis Boykim, Nov. 25, 1662, d. 8 May, 1719. He was a farmer, of good estate. 
The catalogue of donors to the fund for building the minister's house, 1683, was 
headed by his name, and a subscription of £20. The w. of Titus Dawson, and 
Anna Hull, first w. of Timothy Dawson (4-8) were cousins, their mothers having 
been sisters, daus. of Samuel and Anna Morris Smith, m. 1708, gr. daus. of Thomas 
and Eli-nabeth Patterson Smith, m. 1662, of E. Haven. 

44 l^he Dawson Family. 

ton ' and New Hartford, and removed from Conn., to Oneida 
county, N. Y., about 1788 ; thence to Lenox, Madison county, 
1807; thence to Danby, Tompkins county, 1813. Their chn., 
all b. in Conn., were : 
5-21. John, b. in E. Haven, July 27, 1779, bapt. Oct. 30, 1779,2 d. 

in Spencer, N. Y., March 15, 1872, a. 93 ; m. 
5-22. Martha, b. in New Hartford, Dec. 16, 178 1, ^ d. in Cortland 

Centre, Mich., Sept. 19, 1861, a. 80. Barnes. 
5-23. Titus, b. in New Hartford, March 5,1785, d. in Spencer, N. Y., 

Sept. 30, 1859, a. 74 ; m. 
5-24. Sybil, twin sister of Titus, d. in Oswego, N. Y., April 15, 1846, 

a. 61. DOOLITTLE. 

5-25. James Denison, b. in New Hartford, Feb. 25, 1788, d. in Fowler, 
O., July 18, 1845, a. 57 ; //;. 

4-10. Sarah Dawson, b. in E. Haven, Conn., Feb. 2, 
1750, m. Abel Fuller, 1783, removed from Conn, to New 
Hartford, Oneida Co., N. Y., about 1790, and thence to Caro- 
line, Tompkins Co., N. Y., where she d. Dec. 1838, aged 88. 
They had : 

5-26. Martin, b. in New Milford, Ct., June 18, 1784, d. in Barton, N. 

Y., April 14, 1864, a. 80 ; m. 
5-27. Marvin, b. in Litchfield or Southington, Ct., April 13, 1786, d. 

July 17, 1805, a. 19. 
5-28. Polly, b. in Litchfield, Ct., Sept. 3, 1789, d. in Springfield, 111., 

1863, a. 74. Hagar. 
5-29. Abel Burton, b. in Oneida Co., N. Y., July 10, 1792, d. in 

Candor, N. Y., Sept. 24, 1870, a. 78 ; m. 

4-11. Polly Dawson, b. in East Haven abt. 1757, m. 
Nathaniel Barnes, d. abt. 1785, aged 28. They res. in 
Southington, and had : 
5-30. Nathaniel Day. 
5-31. Lucy. 

4-20. Lydia Grannis, b. in E. Haven, 1756, married, 

1st. Joseph Smith, Feb. 4, 1777. He d. "of small pox, 

at sea," Oct. 20, 1784, a. 36. They had : 

5-32. Samuel, who lost his life at sea. 

5-33. Lydia. 

5-34. Nancy. 

5-35. Jn in/ant of ]os. Smith, d. .April 8, 1783, aged 4 weeks. 

' In .1 deed of land to her brother, Jesse Denison, of New Haven, they describe 
themselves .is " of Southington," 27 April, 1781. — E. H. Records, vol. 1, 325. 

» E. H. Church Record. 

3 This date is from New Hartford township Records of births, &c. Her family had 
the record "May 16, 1782." 

The Dawson Family. 45 

She m. 2d. JosiAH Moulthrop/ July 4, 1792. They had : 
5-36. Desire, b. April 16, 1793, d. May 10, 1824, a, 31 ; unm. 
5-37. Jared, b. Mch. 9, 1795. 

5-38. Samuel Russell, b. May 5, 1797- The mother d. 23d of same 
month, aged 41. 

4-22. Thomas Smith, b. Nov. 29, 1761, m. Desire 
Thompson, Oct. 16, 1792. They had eleven children: 
5-39. Stephen, b. Sept. 18, 1793. 
5-40. Sainuel, b. Oct. zl, 1795. 
5-41. Warren, b. Sept. 9, 1798, lost at sea in a gale, between Sept. 18 

and 25, 1819. 
5-42 Willard, b. Sept. 12, 1800. 
5-43. Aaron, b. Nov. 17, 1802. 
5-44. Caleb Alfred, b. March 9, 1805. 
5-45. Sarah. 
5-46. Thomas. 
5-47. Mcrwin. 
5-48. Charlotte. 
5-49. Nancy. 

4-23. Sarah Potter, b. abt. 1761, m. June 9, 1777, Eli- 
PHALET LuDDiNGTONT.^ They had five children : 

5-50. Jairus. 

5-51. Sarah, m. Joseph Howd, of Branford, March 2, 1796. 

5-52. Eunice. 

5-53. Lois, twin sister of Eunice. 

5-54. Eliphalet. 

5-5. Huldah Dawson, b. in East Haven, Nov. 5, 1779, d. 
in Schodack, N. Y., Oct. 29, 187 1, aged 92. She m. in 
Schodack, 1806, John Carpenter, a native of that place, b. 
Aug. 15, 1786, d. there Aug. 26, 1849. They had seven 
children, all b. in Schodack : 

6-1. Walter, b. Nov. 26, 1807, res. 1873, Schodack; m. 
6-2. Mary Ann, b. May 26, 1809, d. Jan. zo, 1813, a. 4. 
6-3. Joel, b. June 5, 1812, d. Dec. 17, 1870, a. 58 ; m. 
6-4. Mary Ann, b. March 11, 1814, d. Sept. 9, 1870, a. 56. 
6-5. Elizabeth, b. Aug. 6, 1817, d. March 2, 1836, a. 19. 
6-7. Isaac, b. Feb. 17, 1821, res. 1873, Schodack ; m. 
6-8. Lucas S., b. Nov. 10, 1822, res. 1873, Schodack ; m. 

• He was b. May 30, 1754, eldest son of Samuel and Sarah Denison Moulthrcp; 
gr. son of Israel (b. June 7, 1706) and Lydia Page Moulthrop; gt. gr. son of John 
(b. Feb. 5, 1667) and Ahigait BraJUy Moulthrop, m. June 29, 1692. The last 
named was gr. father of Mary Moulthrop, w. of John Dawson jun. (3-5). 

= Son of Jesse and MckitabU Smith Luddington; gr. son of Eliphalet (b. April 28, 
1697) and jihigail Collins Luddington. She d. a wid. Dec. 12, 1790, aged 90. E. 
L. was bro. of Mercy, second w. of John Dawson (2-1). 

46 The Dawson Family. 

5-6. Mary Dawson^ b. in E. Haven, April 28, 1782, d. in 
Castleton, N. Y., May 2, 1835,' aged 53. She m. John 
Daniel Smith, a native of Dutchess Co., N. Y., who d. in 
New York city, March 22, 1832. They had : 
6-9. Sarah, b. in Schodack, Jan. 24, 1804., d. Sept. 3, 1856, a. 52. 

Peck ; Warner. 
6-10. Joel Dawson, b. in Schodack, Nov. 12, 1810, res. 1873, Cas- 
tleton, N. Y. ; m. 

5-7. Thankful Dawson, b. in Schodack, N. Y., July 11, 
1786, d. in Greenbush, N. Y., Aug. 26, 1853, aged 67, m. 
Warren Fuller, who d. in Albany, N. Y., abt. 1865. They 
had ten children : 

6-11. Mary, b. Dec. I, 1812, m. Warren Hyde, res. 1870, in New 

York city. 
6-12. Amy, b. June 14, 1814, res. 1870, Virginia. 
6-13. Chauncey, b. March 23, 1816, d. May 10, 1844. 
6-14. Amanda, b. March 4, 1819, d. in Castleton, N. Y., Nov. 15, 

1870, m. Peter H. Van Slyke, who d. before 1870. 
6-15. Joel, b. June 24, 1821, res. 1870, V^irginia. 
6-16. Warren, b. March 23, 1824. 
6-17. Sarah, b. Jan. 14, 1826. 

6-18. Christina, b. Sept. 11, 1828, m, Worley, res. Virginia. 

6-19. Lewis, b. Nov. 26, 1830, m. res. Oregon. 

6-20. Lucinda, twin sister of Lewis, m. Isaac Barton, res. New York 


No further records of this family. 

5-8. -^my Dazvson, b. in Schodack, N. Y., May 8, i790,d. 
there March 2, 1833, aged 43, m. Jeremiah Van V.'^lken- 
burgh, who d. in Schodack, abt. 1845. They had : 
6-21. Jeremiah, b. abt. 1831, res. 1870, Castleton, N. Y. ; unm. 

5-9. Joel Dawson, farmer, b. in Schodack, N. Y., March 
3, 1793, m. there Nov. 29, 1821, Levina Schermerhorn, a native 
of same place, b. Aug. 13, 1802, d. in Schodack, Jan. 27, 1871, 
aged 68. He res. 1873, in South Schodack. They had seven 
children, all b. in Schodack : 

6-22. Joel J., b. Dec. 15, 1822, res. 1873, Castleton, N. Y. ; m. 
6-23. Lucas, b. Dec. 4, 1824, d. Schodack, Jan. 31, 1843, a. 18. 
6-24. Henry, b. Feb. 24, 1827, res. Casdeton ; m. 
6-25. William, b. May 29, 1829, res. South Schodack ; m. 
6-26. Smith, b. April, 23, 1832, res. Castleton ; unm. 
6-27. Mary Helen, b. Sept. 12, 1836, res. Schodack. Van Hoesen. 
6-28. James Monroe, b. March 11, 1840, res. Casdeton; m. 

' One correspondent wrote date of her death 1839, but this from her son. 

The 'Dawson Family. 47 

5-10. Holt Dawson, farmer, b. Jan. 5, 1773, d. in New 
Hartford, Aug. 25, 1825, aged 52. He "took the Freeman's 
oath in open Freemen's meeting," in East Haven, Sept, 17, 1804,' 
and owned lands there, but removed to New Hartford before 1 8 1 2, 
where he was made one of the surveyors of highways, 9th No- 
vember of that year.'' His widow made a deed of land in New 
Hartford to A. Abernethy and Solomon Johnson, administrators 
of his estate, April 27, 1827.3 He married Irene Shepard, May 
20, 1793.'' She was born in East Haven, 1769, and died in 
West Haven, Oct. 6, 1846, aged 76. They had six children : 
6-29. Anna, b. in E. Haven, July 31, 1794, d. in Westfield, Ct., Dec. 

3, 1862, a. 68. Douglass. 
6-30. Eliza Teresa, b. in E. Haven, 1796, d. in Orange, Ct., Feb. 

I, 1840, a. 44. Johnson. 
6-31. Mary Leonora, b. in E. Haven, Oct. 9, 1798, d. in Saybrook, 

O., June 10, 1843, a. 45. Calaway. 
6-32. Jennette, b. in E. Haven, April 25, 1805, res. 1873, in West 

Haven, Ct. Morse. 
6-33. William Holt, b. in N. Guilford, Ct., Aug. 16, 1809, res. 1873, 

Wcstville, Ct. ; m. 
6-34. Henry Shepard, b. in New Hartford, Ct., July 3, 1813, res. 1873, 

New Haven ; m. 

5-18. Thomas Dawson, farmerand shoemaker, b. in South- 
ington, Ct., July 28, 1775, d. in New Haven, of a cancer, Jan. 
18, 1835, aged 60. He m. in Northford, Ct., Chloe, wid. of 
Sylvester Howd. Her maiden name was Linsley or Lindsley. 
She d. in Northford, of lung fever, Sept. 29, 1833, aged 6i. 
They had three chn. : 
6-35. Holt, b. abt. 1809, d. young. 
6-36. Thomas Holt, b. Dec. 7, 1807, d. in Licking Co., Ohio, June 7, 

1847 ; m. 
6-37. Mary Adalinc, b. April 25, 1810, d. in Northford, Ct., July 2, 

1837, aged 27. Smith. 

" E. H. Proprietan' Records, vol. 2, p. 174. 

= N. Haven Toivmhip Records. 

3 Neiv Haven Towns/tip Records. 

* The date otherwise communicated by the family, but this from E. Haven Church 
Records, and the date of her death and age from grave stone in Old Cemetery at New 
Haven. She was one of nine chn. of John (b. Oct. 27, 1743) and Eli-saheth Bradley 
Shepard, m. April 18, 1765. He was son of John and Sarah /JasW/ Shepard ; gr. 
son of Thomas and Hannah Shepard, who became members of the Church in Bran- 
ford, 1709, and removed to E. Haven, 1717. Thomas had removed from Charles- 
town, Mass., to Bristol, before 1700, and thence to Branford. He was son of Thomas 
Shepard, b. in England, who was at Charlcstown, 1657, and m. Nov. 19, 1658, 

48 The 'Dawson Family. 

5-12. Mary Dawson^ twin sister of Thomas, above named, 
m. May i, 1815, Christopher Tuttle,' farmer, b. in E. 
Haven, Sept. 26, 1759. They resided in the Foxon district, in 
that township, where he d. June 29, 1839, aged 80, and she 
July 31, 1870, having just completed her 95th year, and being 
at the time of her decease the oldest person in the township. 
She had been a remarkably .active, industrious woman, and 
had enjoyed almost uninterrupted health. They had one child 

6-38. Sarah Smith, b. in E. Haven, Nov. 4, 1816, res. 1873, in E. 
Haven, Jacobs. 

5-14. Anna Dawson, b. in Southington, Ct., Aug. 7, 1779,° 
d. in Union, N. Y., at the residence of her son-in-law, Charles 
E. Keeler, Feb, 26, 1858, aged 79. She m. in Southington, 
March 25, 1798, Henry Meloy, who survived her. The 
term of their married life lacked only one month of sixty years. 
They had five children, all born in New Haven, and removed 
thence to Broome county, N. Y., residing for many years, and 
until within a few months prior to her decease, at Chenango 
Forks. Mr. Meloy was b. at North Branford,Ct., March 25, 
1778, and d. suddenly in Union, March 8, i860, aged 82. He 
learned the cooper's trade in Conn., and carried on the coopering 
business at various places in that state, but chiefly at New Haven, 
where he was also a merchant. He spent a part of the year 
1807 on the Island of Trinidad, where he employed workmen 

Hannah Ensign, dau. of Thomas Ensign, of Scituate, who was killed by Indians at 
the Rehoboth fight, March 26, 1676. 

' His second marriage. By his first w., Abigail Luddington, he had 7 chn. He 
was youngest son of Joel (b. Oct. 28, 1718, d. June 30, 1789) and Rchtkah Rome 
Tuttle, (d. Jan. 7, 1806, aged 87), m. Feb. 1743; gr. son of Capt. Joseph {b. 
Nov. 10, 1692, d. Jan. 16, 1761), and Mercy Thompson Tuttle. The last named 
was son of Joseph (b. March 18, 1668), and £/raa««/5 &K/iri Tuttle, m. Nov. 
10, 1691; gr. son of Joseph (bapt. in New Haven, 22 Nov., 1640), and 
Hannah Munson Tuttle, m. May 2, I 667 ; gt. gr. son of William and Elizabeth 
Tuttle, who came to Boston in the " Planter," 1635, removed to New Haven 1639, 
and settled at Stoney river about 1645. William Tuttle was a man of consequence 
in the colony, and much employed in public affairs. 

^ The notice of her death, published in the Cattaraugus Freemany says she d. at 
Union " after a lingering and painful illness, on the 26th day of February [185S] 
aged 78 yrs. 7 mos. 12 days." If so, the date of her birth must have been July 14, 
1779, but the date above given was communicated by her grandson, and he received 
it from her own lips. Her disease was a neuralgic atfection. She was a very 
motherly, amiable and pious woman, universally beloved. 

The Dawson Family. 49 

in making hogsheads, which he exchanged for molasses. A cargo 
of that commodity he took back wrth him to New Haven. He 
continued trading in the West Indies for years after, carrying on 
at the same time his business in New Haven. He was one of a 
company who fitted out a privateer in the war of i8i2. The 
vessel was lost in Charleston harbor. On his removal to Broome 
county, he purchased a tract of timber-land, and carried on the 
combined business of merchant and cooper for many years. He 
was a man of exemplary piety, and of excellent natural abilities,' 
improved by experience and observation. He was highly es- 
teemed by his fellow citizens. They had five children : 
6-39. Harriet Lewis, b. Jan. 4, 1799, d. in Chenango Forks, N. Y., 

Feb. 22, 1873, aged 74. Rogers. 
6-40. Henry, b. March 9, 1801, res. 1873, Ellicottville, N. Y. ; m. 
6-41. Frederick William, b. Feb. z6, 1805,^ res. 1873. Ellicottville, N. 

Y. ; m. 
6-4Z. Julia Anna, b. Nov. 12, 1810, res. 1873, Chattanooga, Tenn. 

6-43. Grace Amelia, b. July 4, 1813,3 res. 1873, Union, N. Y. Keeler. 

5-15. Eunecia Dawson^ b. in Southington, Conn.j Dec. 26, 
lySijd. in Dunkirk, N. Y., March 4, 1855, aged 73. Shem. 
in Batavia, N. Y., 

* He left in Ms. an interesting autobiographical sketch, which is now in pos- 
session of his grandson, W. A. Meloy, Esq., of Washington, D. C. His father, 
Edward Meloy, was b. in Dungannon, county Tyrone, Ireland, May 16, 1734; emi- 
grated to New Haven when 16 years of age, where he learned the shoemaking trade. 
After completing his apprenticeship, he bouglit out the business of his employer, but, 
shortly after abandoned this, and engaged in the shipping business, in which he 
amassed a large property. He traded in the Mediterranean and W. Indies, and 
when the Revolutionary war broke out was owner of several vessels, and part owner 
of others. The war occasioned him the loss of a considerable part of his property, 
in consideration of which the state of Connecticut granted to his heirs a large and 
valuable tract of land in Ohio. He was a man of piety, and zealously devoted to the 
American cause. He was one of about one hundred citizens of New Haven who 
petitioned the governor and council of Conn., Sept. 17, 1776, complaining of some 
half dozen residents of that town as being unfriendly to the cause of the country. 
See Hinman's Part Suuained hy Conn,, etc., pp. 566-7. He m, 1758, Mary Par- 
malee (b. Oct. 29, 1739, d. Feb. 1800, or 1801), dau. of Jeremiah Parmalee and 
w. Mary Beecher, dau. of Joseph ancestor of Moses Beecher (see 5-18, note). He 
contributed £19 towards building a Pier at New Haven on the site of tlie present 
Long Wharf. He paid Cio "in rum," money being then very scarce, and barter 
the order of the day. This was in 1771. — N. Haven His. Society's Papers, i, pp. 

^ In Henry Mcloy's family record, now in possession of Theodore Rogers, Esq., of 
Binghamton, N. Y., the year is 1803 ; but this date communicated by F. W. M. 
3 A different day of the month communicated, but this from the family record. 

50 The Dawson Fa?mly. 

1st. John Prescott,' 1820, b. in Sanbornton, N. H., March 
28, 1787. 

2d. Simeon Aldrich, 1826. Her only child was : 
6-44. Harriet Mead Prescott, b. in Batavia, June 25, 1821, res. 1 873, 
East Otto, N. y. Dresser. 

5-16. Bristol Dawson, farmer, b. in Southington, Ct., 
June 12, 1785, d. in Meriden, Ct., Feb. 25, 1859, aged 74.' 
He m. Sybil Merrill, March 1,1813. She was b in New Hart- 
ford, July I, 1789, and d. at the residence of her son-in-law, 
Joseph Sigourney, Esq., in Bristol, Ct., July 27, 1871, aged 
82. They had eight children, all b. in New Hartford : 
6-45. Elliott Marshall, b. Jan. 22, 1814, res. 1873, Waterville, Ct- ; m. 
6-46. Mary Ann, b. May 14, 1816, res. 1873, Broad Brook, E. Wind- 
sor, Ct. Parsons ; Bissell. 
6-47. Eveline Abigail, b. April 26, 1818, res. 1873, Meriden, Ct. 

6-48. Minerva, d. young. 
6-49. Juliette, b. March 18, 1821, res. 1873, Broad Brook, E. Windsor, 

Ct. Bissell. 
6-50. Sybil, d. young. 

6-51. Sybil, b. Nov. 21, 1825, res. 1873, Bristol, Ct. Sigourney. 
6-52. Marilla Elizabeth, b. Oct. 31, 1828, res. 1873, Bristol, Ct. 

5-17. Timothy John Dawson, farmer and innkeeper, b. 
in Southington, Conn., Aug. 13, 1788, d. in Cazenovia, N. Y., 
of bilious fever, March 2, 1843. He was a plain, unpretending 
private citizen, whose character alone distinguished him from 
the mass of men occupying a similar station in life. He was 
eminently a good citizen, giving no offense, promoting good 
order by counsel and example, obedient to the laws, but never 
holding or seeking any public office, small or great. In the com- 
munity where he lived he enjoyed a degree of regard that was 

• His second marriage. By his first w., Rebecca George, he had four chn. He 
was elder bro. of Dr. Wm. Prescott ofConcord, N. H., author of the Prescoti Me- 
morial; son of Capt. William (b. in Hampton Falls, N. H., Oct. 14, 1762, d. in 
Northfield, N. H., Oct. 17, 1845) and Deborah Welch Prescott; gr. son of Major 
William, (b. in Hampton Falls, July 28, 1728,4. Sept. 28, 181 1, captain in Rev. 
war), and Susannah Sanborn Prescott; gt. gr. son of Samuel (b. March 14, 1697, d. 
June 12, 1769), and Mary Sanborn Prescott. Samuel was son of Deacon James jun., 
(b. Sept. I, 1671) and Maria Marsion Prescott; gr. son of James sen., (b. 1643), 
and Mary Boulter Prescott. James Prescott sen., emigrated from England to Hamp- 
ton, N. H., about 1665, and d. there, Nov. 25, 1728. 

= Admitted an Elector at New Hartford, April 5, 1819. — Towmhip Records. 

The Dawson Family. 51 

more than respect and neighborly good will, though including 
both of these ; it was positive affection — such only as a simple- 
hearted, genial, honest and truthful man could inspire. He was 
something above the medium stature, and possessed a good degree 
of physical vigor ; and, with his father's peculiar tendency to 
humor, he had an almost womanly sensitiveness and tenderness 
of character — qualities which were perhaps traceable to his 

He m. in Windsor, Conn., Feb. 8, 1813, Ruhamah Roberts^'- 
who was b. in Windsor, Oct. 22, 1792. She now (1873), 
resides in Clarendon, Orleans Co., N. Y. A few months after 
their marriage they removed to Canton, in Conn., where they 
owned a small homestead, and where they remained until Octo- 
ber, 18 15. From this place they removed to the town of 
Cazenovia, Madison Co., N. Y., where they settled upon a farm 
situated on the eastern boundary of that township, on the line 
of the turnpike between the villages of Cazenovia and Nelson. 
He had purchased the farm while on a journey through the state 
some months previously. About the year 1822 they removed 
to Nelson village in the same county, where they occupied and 
kept a public house for many years. This little village was then, 
before the era of railroads, a place of considerable business. 
It was a station on the chief thoroughfare for eastern and western 

■ Dau. and eldest ch. of Oliver Roberts, farmer (b. in Windsor, July 25, 1754, 
d. in Cazenovia, N. Y., Jan. 14, 1818), and w. Anna Bunce (b. May 13, 1772, d. 
in Pompey, N. Y., Sept. 5, 1854), m Jan. 1792; gr. dau. of John (d. Dec. 11, 1775, 
aged 62) and Mary AUyn Roberts, m. Oct. 22, 1734; gt. gr. dau. of John and 
Ruhamah Roberts, or, as some say, De Roberts.* — Oliver Roberts was a soldier of 
the Revolution, and a man of good education for the times in which he lived. His 
brother, Peletiah Roberts, was a physician. His mother, Mary Allyn, above named, 
was dau. of Capt. Peletiah Allyn (b. May 3, 1689, d. Nov. 3, 1766) and w. Mary 
Stoughton (dau. of Thomas and Abigail Edivards Stoughton) m. Aug. 26, 1711 ; 
gr. dau. of Hon. Col. Matthew Allyn, "many years one of the council, and judge 
of the Superior court for the colony of Connecticut," who was b. Jan. 5, 1660, m. 
Elizabeth Wolcott (gr. dau. of Hon. Henry Wolcott, from whom she inherited 
an estate in England) Jan. 5, 1686; d. Feb. 17, 1758, in his 98th year. She d. 
June 4, 1734, aged 69. He was son of Capt. Thomas Allyn and w. Abigail Wareham 
(dau. of Rev. John Wareham), m. Oct., 1658; gr. son of Hon. Matthew Allyn, b. 
in England, d. in Windsor, Feb, i, 1670, prominent in the early history of that place 
and of Hartford. 

•There is a tradition that the last named John Roberts, or perhaps his father of same name, wis 
a Huguenot, coming from France in consequence of the revocation of the edict of Nantes. Oliver 
Roberts, above named, fully believed this to have been the fact, and sought repeatedly to impress 
it upon the minds of his children. In their day it was generally believed in the family.' The evi- 
dences on which their faith was based, if such existed, seem to have faded out ^ but it appears ccr. 
tain that this was a family distinct from all others of the name, Roberts, in Connecticut, and the 
compiler has learned nothing tending to disprove the theory of the Hugucnotic origin. 

52 T^he 'Dawson Family. 

travel through the state, and in those days the " way-side inns" 
were often thronged to their utmost capacity. From Nelson 
he removed, about the year 1838, to the village of Cazenovia, 
where he also kept a public house, in which he remained until 
his decease. 

He had great fondness for company, and was noted for his 
hospitality, kindness of heart, and practical benevolence. These 
qualities rendered him a popular landlord, while a remarkably 
keen insight into human nature, and a conscientious and faith- 
ful devotion to business, contributed to render him a successful 

^ It IS said that he could never listen to any tale of suffering unmoved, and his 
charities were numerous and wholly unostentatious. After the war of 1811-14, 
while he was living on the farm, and when the country was overrun by poor wayfarers, 
beggared by the evil fortunes of the times, many a poor but worthy person, who had 
been refused admittance to other doors, found shelter and good cheer under his roof. 
To such as were really needy and deserving, his benefactions were not limited by a 
meal or a night's lodging. He nursed the sick, kept the footsore till they were healed, 
helped the destitute to clothing or shoes, assisted them on in some way towards their 
destination, or found them employment and the means of self help. Many a grateful 
" God bless you !" was spoken at his door in those early and troubled times, as well 
as often in later days. The sick and poor of his neighborhood were not forgotten, 
and he had a sympathetic, helpful manner that seemed to be peculiarly encouraging 
and comforting. His charities were not large, but they were frequent and discriminat- 
ing, and he had always the co-operation of a wise and frugal help-meet who was 
never weary in well doing. 

One of his daughters writes as follows : "He was very fond of pets, and had the 
art of making every helpless and dependent creature love him. For years before his 
death he had for proteges a flock of birds, which came daily, during the summer, 
around the piazza, to be fed from his hand 

" He used to say that whatever bills he might yet quarrel with he should never 
quarrel with a school bill 

•* Charitable as he was in his acts, he was not less so in his judgments. 

He rarely censured any person, and he permitted no approach to gossiping or censori- 
ous conversation among his cliildren. ' If you have nothing good to say, don't say 
anything,' was his motto. 

** He had great store of wit and humor, and of the most amusing anecdotes. His 
temperament was very cheerful, yet he sometimes suffered from extreme depression 
of spirits The shadows were short-lived, however, and the sun soon shone again. 

" He had strong kindred affection I have seen him greet absolute strangers, 

who came to him recommended only by identity of family name, and a very remote 
common ancestry, as if they had been the friends of a life time. And he never 
forgot them afterwards." 

Another writes : '' He was the truest of friends, the most genial of companions. 
He enjoyed a good joke as much as any man I ever saw, and had a quick and ready 
wit, especially in repartee. He was dignified in manner, yet one of the most loving 
and indulgent of parents. His word was law with his family, yet spoken so mildly 
and reasonably we never wished it otherwise." 

*' hh life ivas gentUy and the elements 
So miied in him that Nature might stand up 
And say to all the world, ' This was a man ! ' " 

The Dawson Family. 53 

Timothy J. and Ruhamah Roberts Dawson had eight children : 
6-53. Lucia Eunecia Amelia, b. in Canton, Ct., Nov. 18, 1813, d. in 

Bioomingdale, 111., Aug. 20, 1852, aged 39. Kinney. 
6-54. Lucius Roberts, b. in Canton, Ct., March 15, 1815, res. 1873, 

Binghamton, N. Y. ; m. 
6-55. Rollin Laureat, b. in Cazenovia township, N. Y., Feb. 16, 18 17, 

d. Nov. 5, 1821, a. 4. 
6-56. Maria Louisa, b. inCazenovia township, Sept. 7, 1819, res. 1873, 

Addison, N. Y. Bates ; Coburn. 
6-57. Oliver Winston, b. in Cazenovia township, Feb. i, 1821, res. 

1873, Toledo, O. ; m. 
6-58. Edward Sebried, b. in Nelson, N. Y., July 22, 1822, res. 1873, 

Syracuse, N. Y. ; m. 
6-59. Mary Anne Augusta, b. in Nelson, N. Y., April 7, 1826, res. 

1873, Toledo, O. ; unm.'^ 
6-60. Charles Carroll, b. in Nelson, N. Y., Feb. 4, 1833, res. 1873, 

Plainfield, N. J. ; m. 

5-18. Lydia Dawson, b. in Southington, Conn., Feb. 10, 
1 79 1, d. in Eilicottville, N. Y., June 29, 1835, aged 44. She 
m. in New Hartford, Jan. 4, 1813, Moses Beecher, who was 
b. in Hartford,^ May 5, 1791. About the year 1814 they re- 
moved from Connecticut to Batavia, N. Y., where for some 
time he carried on business as a merchant. Afterwards he 
became engaged as an accountant in the Land Office of the 
Old Holland Land Company, and in 1827, he was transferred 
to a similar position in the Company's Land Office at Eilicott- 
ville. In this very responsible situation some twenty years of 
his life in Eilicottville were spent. Subsequently he was en- 
gaged in a manufacturing business, which he carried on until 
within a short period of his death. 

He possessed cultivated literary tastes, and not a little literary 
skill, was specially fond of music and poetry, and was withal a 
person of great integrity and moral worth, taking rank as an in- 
fluential and useful citizen of his town and county. He received 
from the governor of the state, as early as 1830, the appoint- 
ment of surrogate of that county, which office he held for eight 
years, and he was repeatedly appointed by the same authority to 

* A gifted and accomplished lady, to whom the compiler hereof is largely indebted 
for aid in the collection of materials for these records. 

■•'This information from his daughter Mary, and is believed to be correct. In an 
Obituary, written by Rev. Mr. Kidder, it is stated that he was born in New Haven. 
Perhaps it was New Hartford. 

^4 T^he 'Dawson Family. 

the offices of loan commissioner and notary public, which 
latter he held at the time of his decease. He was a most genial 
friend, a pleasant companion, a kind neighbor, and ever ready to 
promote the welfare of all among whom he lived. He was a 
communicant of the Episcopal church in Ellicottville for many 
years. He died in Dunkirk, N. Y., while making a visit to 
his daughters, Feb. 14, 1867, aged 76.' 

Moses and Lydia Dawson Beecher had ten children : 
6-61. Sophia Merscna, b. in New Hartford, Ct., Oct. 5, 1813, d. in 

Dunkirk, N. Y., Sept. 30, 1867, aged 54. Colman. 
6-62. Harriet Winston, b. in Batavia, N. Y., Aug. 16, 1816, res. 1873, 

Ellicottville. Sill. 
6-63. Emily Frances, b. in Batavia, March 3, 1818, res. 1873, Dunkirk. 

6-64. Juliette, b. in Batavia, Feb. 18, 1820, res. 1873, Ellicottville- 

6-65. William Henry, b. in Batavia, Dec. 24, 1 821, res. 1873, La Salle, 

III ; m. 
6-66. Mary Jane, b. in Batavia, August 31, 1824, res. 1873, Ellicott- 
ville ; mm. 
6-67. Moses, b. in Ellicottville, July 26, 1827, res. 1873, Warren, Pa. ; m. 
6-68. Charles Mortimer, b. in Ellicottville, Jan. 31, 1829, res. 1873, 

Wellsville, N. Y. ; «. 
6-6g. Lydia, b. in Ellicottville, Dec. 27, 1831, d. March 3, 1832. 
6-70. Lucia Annette, b. in Ellicottville, Dec. 27, 1833, d. in Dunkirk, 

N. Y., May 7, 1866, a. 32. Cary. 

5-19. Seth Dawson, b. in Southington, Conn., 1795, d. 
in Nelson, N. Y., Sept. 16, 1835, aged 40 ; m. Lydia Bates., 
who d. in Nelson, July 5, 1846. They had : 
6-71. Charles, b. in Nelson, about 1825, d. in infancy. 

' He m. a second w. Emma Nctvcomh, May 26, 1841. She was b. at Windhill, 
Vt., Dec. 1808, and survives him. They had three chn., all b. in Ellicottville : 
Asher George, Nov. I, 1842; Arthur Herbert, Nov. 28, 1844; Walter Henry, 
May 5, 1848. His father, also named Moses Beecher, d. Feb. 1852, aged 86. He 
was b. at New Haven, and was a shipmaster; son of Moses Beecher j son of Joseph 
Beecher ;"* son of John Beecher j son of Mrs. Beecher, who came to New Haven 
with the Davenport colony. She received a tract of land by vote of the colonists as 
a testimonial of their appreciation of her services as a midwife. The deed is on New 
Haven Records. Her descendants are now very numerous. The celebrated Rev. 
Dr. Lyman Beecher was the son of David Beecher, blacksmith ; son of Nathaniel 
Beecher, son of Joseph Beecher, above named. ** John Beacher " (father of Joseph) 
was one of the party sent out by the colony from Boston to explore the country of 
the 2"inepiack, in the autumn of 1 637. Seven men remained at New Haven through 
thewinter. He was one of the number. Lambert's i/isrory o/'rAtCo/onj', etc., p. 42. 

The Dawson Family. ^^ 

5-20. Elizur Andrus Dawson, farmer, b. in New Hart- 
ford, Ct., March i8, 1798, res. 1873, in Northampton, Mass. 
He m. 1st., in Nelson, N. Y., Sept. 4, 1823, Cynthia Roberts, 
b. in Windsor, Ct., April 4, 1804, d. in Pompey Hill, Onon- 
daga Co., N. Y., Aug, 30, 1849, ^Z^^ 45i youngest sister of 
Ruhamah, w. of Timothy John Dawson (5-17). They had 
six children. He m. 2d, in Northampton, Mass., May 12, 
1859, Mary (maiden name Hagar) wid. of James Baker. She 
was b. in Rockingham, Vt., June 8, 1805. 
The children of Elizur A. and Cynthia Roberts Dawson were : 

6-72. Rollin Laureat, b. in Nelson, N. Y., March 25, 1825, d. in Hay- 

denville, Mass., Aug. 24, 1857, a. 32 ; m. 
6-73. Lucien Augustus, b. in Nelson, N. Y., Aug. 10, 1826, res. 1873, 

Springfield, Mass. ; m. 
6-74. David Derastus, b. in Pompey, N. Y., Aug. 13, 1828, d. in 

Chicago, 111., Sept. 20, 1864, a. 36; m. 
6-75. Frederick DeForest, b. in Pompey, N. Y., Dec. 1833, d. March 

12, 1841, a. 7. 
6-76. James O'Donnell, b. in Pompey, N. Y., Jan. 1841, res. 1858, 

Harrington, 111. ; went south ; not since heard from. 
6-77. Mary Diane, b. in Pompey, N. Y., Aug. 11, 1848, res. 1873, 

Springfield, Mass. ; unm. 

5-21. John Dawson, farmer, b. in East Haven, Conn., 
July 27 (bapt. Oct. 30) 1779,' d. at the residence of his son, 
Nelson Dawson, Esq., in Spencer, N. Y., March 15, 1872, 
being in his 93d year. 

His parents removed from Connecticut to Oneida county, 
N. Y., about 1788. He m. there, and five of his chn. were 
b. in that county, and an equal number in Tompkins county, 
in same state, to which he removed in 1813. In subduing the 
wilderness of that then new country he spent the most active 
years of a remarkably laborious and useful life. He had been 
during life strictly temperate, abstaining from the use both of 
spirituous liquors and tobacco. He was noted as a very suc- 
cessful hunter and trapper, in early life, and excelled as a marks- 
man even when past his " three score years and ten." He 

'The baptism is recorded on E. Haven Church Records; but shortly after this date 
his parents removed to New Hartford, in the same state, and the date of his birth 
was recorded on the Records of that township, probably placed there at the time the 
birth (i78i),of the next child was recorded. 

56 The 'Dawson Family. 

married, ist. in Paris, N. Y., Jan. 6, 1803, Thankful Warren,' 
who was b. in Gostown, Vt., May 14, 1785, d. in Danby, N. 
Y., Nov. 20, 1830, aged 45. She was the mother of all his 
chn. 2d. in Danby, Dec. 29, 1831, Betsey Elizabeth Cooper, b. in 
Gostown, Vt., June 16, 1781, d. in Danby, Nov. 15, 1868, 
aged 87. He had ten chn. : 
6-78. Morris, b. in Paris, N. Y., Nov. 26, 1803, res. 1873, Wells- 

boro, Pa., m. 
6-79. Harman, b. in Paris, N. Y., March 12, 1806, d. June 19, 1826, 

a. zo. 
6-80. Almira, b. in Paris, N. Y., Jan. 9, 1805, d. in Wabash Valley, 

Ind., Oct. I, 1834, a. 29. HoBART. 
6-81. Emily, b. in Paris, N. Y., Nov. 8, 1807, res. 1873, Danby, 

N. Y. Button ; Werdon. 
6-82. Samantha, b. in Utica, N. Y., June 27, 181 1, res. 1871, Mun- 

gersville, Mich. Fox ; Vrooman. 
6-83. Nelson, b. Danby, N. Y., June 8, 1813, res. 1873, Spencer, 

N. Y. ; m. 
6-84. Chester, b. Danby, N. Y., .April 7, 1815, res. 1873, Spencer, 

N. Y. ; m. 
6-85. Mary Ann, b. Danby, N. Y., May 20, 1817, res. 1871, Mans- 
field, O. German. 
6-86. Milton, b. Danby, N. Y., March 28, 1821, d. in Spencer, N. 

Y., July 27, 1865, a 44 ; m. 
6-87. Harriet Eliza, b. Danby, N. Y., June 3, 1826, res. 1873, Ithaca, 

N. Y. Morse ; Mastin. 

5-22. Martha Dawson, b. in New Hartford, Ct., Dec. 16, 
1781,° d. in Cortland Centre, Kent Co., Mich., Sept. 19, 1861, 
aged 80, having been blind during the five years preceding. She 
m. in Paris, N. Y., April 10, 1805, Abel Barnes,3 who was 
b. in Farmington, Conn., Dec. 5, 1775, d. in Cortland, Mich., 
Feb. 7, 1865, aged 89. He was a farmer. They resided in 
Oneida county, N. Y., until 1845, when they removed to 
Grand Rapids, Mich., and thence to Cortland, in the same 
state, where they resided as early as 1855. They had ten 
children, all b. in Paris, N. Y. : 

^ Dau. of Lt. Ephraim Warren, a farmer of Oneida county, N. Y., who served 
with credit in the Rev. war. (The date of her death has also been communicated 
Nov. 29, 1830.) 

= This date is from New Hartford township Records of births, etc. Her family 
had the record ** May I 6, 1782." 

3 Son of James (d. in Paris, N, Y., abt. 1830, aged abt. 70) and S^irai Dickcr.ion 
Barnes, who d. in Westmoreland, N. Y., abt. 1840, aged abt. 80. Both b. in 
Con n. 

The Dawson Family. ^j 

6-88. [Barnes.] Iram, b. Dec. 9, 1806, res. 1870, Cortland Centre, 

Mich. ; m. 
6-8g. Seth, b. Nov. 20, 1807, res. 1870, McConnellsvillc, N. Y. ; m. 
6-90. James Titus, b. Feb. 11, 1810, d. aged abt. 3 mos. 
6-91. Milton, b. Jan. 22, 181 i,d. in Cortland, Mich., March 24, 1863, 

a. 52 ; m. 
6-92. Mary Sophia, b. Aug. 29, 18 13, res. 1870, Grand Ledge, Eaton 

Co., Mich. Woodruff. 
6-93. Sybil Amanda, b. Sept. 16, 1815, d. April 23, 185 1, a. 36. 
6-94. James, b. July 28, 181 7, res. 1870, Plainfield, Kent Co., Mich. ; 

6-95, Pitt Dawson, b. Feb. 7, 1820, res. 1870, in Wis., said to be m. 

but no chn. 
6-96. Sylvia Ann, b. Sept. 29, 1822, d. Sept. 23, 1856, a. 34. 
6-97. Abel, b. Oct. 23, 1824, d. April 27, i860, a. 36. 

5-23. Titus Dawson, farmer, b. in New Hartford, Conn., 
March 5, 1785, d. in Spencer, Tioga Co., N. Y., Sept. 30, 
1859, ^g^'^ 74- f^^ ^- '" Lenox, Madison Co., N. Y., Sept. 
I, 181 1, Lucy Lockwood^ who was b. in Lenox, Aug. 25, 1792, 
and d. in Spencer, Nov. 4, 1868, aged 76. They had seven 
children, all b. in Danby, Tompkins Co., N. Y. : 
6-98. A daughter, b. Feb. 18, 1816, d. same day. 
6-99. A son, b. April 13, 1816, d. same day. 
6-100. Sally Eleanor, b. Aug. 3, 1818, res. 1873, in Spencer, N. Y.^ 


6-101. Edward Riley, b. Sept. 18, 1820, d. in Spencer, Sept. 19, 1845, 

a. 25 ; unm. 
6-102. Martha Maria, b. Feb. 4, 1822, res. 1873, Milwaukee, Wis. 


6-103. Phebc Isabella, b. June 10, 1824, res. 1873, Spencer, N. Y. 

Stephens ; Judd. 
6- 1 04. Hermon Frederick, b. April 30, 1 8 26, res. 1873, Ithaca, N. Y. ; m, 

5-24. ^ybll Dawson., twin sister of Titus, above named, 
(5-23), m. in Lenox, N. Y., Dec. 21, 1809, Elihu Doo- 
LiTTLE, 3 farmer, who was b. Nov. 4, 1786. They removed 
from Madison county to Danby, in Tompkins county, N. Y., 

■ Dau. of Job Lockwood, a soldier of the Revolution, (b. on Long Island, Oct. 6, 
1755, d. in Danby, N. Y , March 20, 1841) and w. Irena Tolles (b. in Lenox, 
N. Y., Jan. 5, 1764, d. in Danby, Feb. 13, 1851), m. Dec. 15, 1781. 

^ She m. Oct. 27, 1842, Edgar Farnsworth, who was b. in Leominster, Mass., 
Jan. 13, 1821. They res. 1873, in Spencer, N. Y. No issue. 

3 Bro. of Hon. Sylvester Doolittlc, Oswego, N. Y. ; son ol" Major Joel Doolittle 
(b. March 2, 1764, d. in Sodus, N. Y., Oct. 23, 1814) and w. Millie Wctmorc 
(b. Oct. 17, 1766, d. Dec. 5, 1834, in Pompcy, N. Y.), m. March 23, 1786. 

58 T^he Dawson Family. 

in 1813, and resided there until 1843, when they went to residfe 
in Oswego, N. Y., where she d. April 15, 1846, aged 61, and 
he d. Feb. 25, 1806, aged 69. 

Elihu and Sybil Dawson Doolittle had nine children : 

6-105. Lucy Maria, b. in Lenox, N. Y., Nov. 24, 1810, d. in Danby, 

Oct. 8, 1830, a. 20 ; unm. 
6-106. William Young, b. in Lenox, Jan. 19, 1813, res. 1873, in Can- 
dor, Tioga Co., N. Y.;m. 
6-107. Jo^' Carolus, b. in Danby, N. Y., May 23, 1815, d. at Horicon, 

Wis., Sept. 6, 1856, a. 41 ; m. 
6-108. Eli Barnard, b. in Danby, June 13, 1817, d. at Oswego, N. Y., 

July 24, 1846, a. 29 ; umn. 
6-109. Samuel Woodworth, b. in Danby, July 9, 1819, d, in Danby, 

Nov. 14, 1819, a. 4mos. 
6-110. James Austin, b. in Danby, Nov. i, 1820, res. 1873,, Delavao 

Walwortli Co., Wis. ; m. 
6-111. Egbert Denison, b. in Danby, June 29, 1823, d. in St. Louis-, 

Mo., Aug. 16, 1863, a. 40 ; m. 
6-1 12. Julia Antoinette, b. in Danby, July 17, 1825, d. in Oswego, 

Aug. 5, 1844, a. 19. Fuller. 
6-1 13. Wealthy Melissa, b. in Danby, Sept. 9, 1828, d. in Oswego, 

May 5, 1844, a. 16. 

5-25. James Denison Dawson, farmer, b. in New Hart- 
ford, Conn., Feb. 25, 1788, in which year, probably, his parents 
removed to Oneida county, N. Y. They removed thence tO' 
Lenox, Madison county, in the same state, 1807, where he m. 
Oct. ID, 1811, Charlotte Rhoads.^ They removed to Danby, 
Tompkins county, N.Y., 1813, and thence, in 1816, to Fowler,. 
Trumbull Co., Ohio, where he d. July 21, 1865, aged 77. She 
was b. in Barrington, Berkshire county, Mass., Jan. 31, I790> 
and d. Jan. 11, 1871, aged 81, at the old homestead in Fowler, 
which she had occupied ever since their first residence in that 
place. They had nine children : 

6-114. Julia Esther, b. in Lenox, N. Y., Jan. 11, 1813, res. 1873, 

Freedom, Portage Co., O. DouD. 
6-1 15. Lorenzo, b. in Danby, N. Y., Oct. 18, 1815, d. in Ncwville, 

DeKalb Co., Ind., June 4, 1870, a. 55 ; m. 

' Dau. of John Rhoads, farmer, (b. March 20, 1747, d. June 24, 1819, in 
Fowler, O., one of the first settlers of that place), and w. Hannah Graves (b. Dec. 
14. 1752, d. 1835), m. abt. 1769 or '70. When Mr. R. went to Fowler he bought 
a Kirge tract of land ; and all his children being married and settled in life, he in- 
duced them to follow him by the offer jjf 100 acres of land to each of his thi^ie soni, 
and fifty acres to each of his three daughters. 

The Dawson Family. 59 

6-116. Angeline, b. in Fowler, O., July 15, 1817, res. 1873, New 
Bedford, Lawrence Co., Pa. J.^ckson. 

6-117. Emeline, b, in Fowler, O., Dec. 28, 181S, res. 1873, Bazetta, 
Trumbull Co., O. Walker. 

5-1 18. Maria, b. in Fowler, June 30, 1820, d. Dec. 16, 1829, a. 9. 

6-1 19. Rodolphus, b. in Fowler, March 27, 1822, res. 1873, Linwood, 
Butler Co., Neb. ; m. 

6-120. Addison, b. in Fowler, May 21, 1825, res. 1873, Fowler, 
O.; m. 

6-121. Pembroke, b. in Fowler, Feb. 7, 1828, res. 1873, Fowler, 
O.; in. 

6-122. James Harmon, b. in Fowler, Nov. 22, 1822 ; m. Ann Hatha- 
way; res. 1873, Gustavus, Trumbull Co., O. ; no issue. 

5-26. Martin Fuller, farmer, b. in New Milford, Conn., 

June 18, 1784, d. in Barton, N. Y., April 14, 1864, aged 80. 

He m. Sally Lockwood., b. in Lenox, N. Y., May 6, 1800, d. in 

Barton, March 4, 1862, aged 62, sister to Lucy Lockwood, w. 

of Titus Dawson (5-23). They had seven children : 

6-123. Cyrus, b. inDanby, N. Y., Feb. 14, 1819, d. in Barton, N. Y., 
Jan. 14, 1837, a. 18. 

6-124. Clark, b. in Danby, June 8, 1822, d. in Barton, March 16, 1843, 
a. 21. 

6-125. Edward Allen, b. in Danby, Sept. 1, 1825 ; m. Sally Ann 
Hamilton, 1845 ; res. in Mich., 1870. 

6-126. Ruth Ann, b. in Caroline, N. Y., July 30, 1827 ; m. in Bar- 
ton, John Severn ; res. in Mich., 1870. 

6-127. Lucy Keziah, b. in Barton, N. Y., Feb. 20, 1834 ; m. in Bar- 
ton, Isaac Manning, res. 1870, in Spencer, N. Y. 

6-128. Esther, b. in Barton, May 6, 1837, d. in Barton, Sept. 6, 1849, 
a. 12. 

6-129. Sarah, b. in Barton, May 5, 1840, d. June 5, 1842, a. 2. 

5-28. Polly Fuller, b. in Litchfield, Conn., Sept. 3, 1789, 
d. in Springfield, 111., 1863, aged 74 ; m. in Danby, N. Y., 
1812, Joseph Hagar, who d. in Springfield, 111., Sept. 21, 
1839. They had : 

6-130. Julius, b. in Danby, N. Y., 1813, res. 1870, in Springfield, 111. 
6-131. Myron, b. in Danby, 1820, res. 1870, in Missouri. 

5-29. Abel Barton Fuller, farmer, pensioner for service 
in war of 1812, b. in Oneida Co., N. Y., July 10, 1792, d. in 
Candor, Tioga Co., N. Y., Sept. 24, 1870, aged 78 ; m. in 
Danby, N. Y., Nov. i, 1827, Elixaheth Connvi-ll, who survives 
him. She resides, 1870, in Candor. They had eleven children : 

6o The Dawson Fat7nly. 

6-132. [Fuller.] Marvin, b. in Danby, N. Y., Nov. 24, 1828, res. 

1870, in Candor; m. 
6-133. Jacob Cornwell, b. in Danby, Jan. 9, 1830, res. 1870, in 

Candor ; m. 
6-134. ]°^^ Stubbs, b. in Caroline, N. Y., Oct. 22, 1831, res. 1870, 

in Greene Co., Pa. ; m. 
6-135. Alexander, b. in Caroline, Sept. 18, 1833, 'd. abt. 1863 ; m. 
6-136. Sarah Jane, b. in Caroline, N. Y., June 30, 1835, res. 1870, 

in Tioga Centre, N. Y. Spear ; Rice. 
6-137. Phebe Martha, b. in Caroline, Aug. 25, 1837, res. 1870, in 

Ithaca, N. Y. R ho ads. 
6-138. Robert Cornwell, b. in Caroline, July 16, 1839, res. 1870, 

Waverly, N. Y. ; ot. 
6-139. Alvah Bogardus, b. in Caroline, Nov. 21, 1841, res. 1870, 

Candor, N. Y. ; m. 
6-140. Charles Clapp, b. in Caroline, Oct. 15, 1844, res. 1870, Green 

Co., Pa. ; m. 
6-141. Mary Elizabeth, b. in Caroline, Oct. 31, 1846, res. 1870, Fayette 

Co., Pa. Franks. 
6-142. James Williams, b. in Candor, Oct. 2, 1851. 

6-1. Walter Carpenter, b. in Schodaclc, N. Y., Nov. 
26, 1807, m. Dec. 31, 1835, Christina Miller. They res. 
1873, '" Schodack. Two children, b. in Schodack: 
7-1. John W., b. Oct. 14, 1836, res. 1873, Schodack ; m. 
7-2. Catharine Elizabeth, b. Nov. 8, 1841, res. 1873, Schodack. Smith. 

6-3. Joel Carpenter, b. in Schodack, N. Y., June 5, 
1812, d. Dec. 17, 1870 ; m. Sept. 12, 1844, Albertine Van 
Hoesen, who d. April 25, 1847. One child : 
7-3. John DeWitt, b. April 13, 1846. 

6-7. Isaac Carpenter, b. in Schodack, N. Y., Feb. 17, 

1821, m. in Schodack, June 9, 1858, Caroline Van Dyck, who 
was b. in Schodack, March 12, 1839, dau. of Dr. Cornelius 
P. and Mary Ann Van Dyck. They res. 1873, '" Schodack. 
Three children : 

7-4. Mary Loise, b. April 9, 1859, d. Nov. 20, 1862. 
7-5. DeWitt, b. Oct. 25, 1866. 
7-6. Mary, b. Sept. 12, i86g. 

6-8. Lucas S. Carpenter, b. in Schodack, N.Y., Nov. 10, 

1822, m. 1st, Nov. 15, 1854, Elizabeth Kittle., who was b. in 
Schodack, April 4, 1832, and d. Dec. 16, 1863. He m. 2d, 
June 28, 1871, Mary Van Z)jf /f, who was b. in Schodack, Nov. 
14, 1825. They res. in Schodack. Three children : 

The Dawson Family. 6 1 

7-7. [Carpenter.] Chester, b. Aug. 28, 1855. 

7-8. Anna M., b. Oct. 7, 1862, d. April 17, 1863. 

7-9. Jennie B., twin sister of above, d. May 26, 1863. 

6-9. Sarah Smithy b. in Schodack, N. Y., Jan. 24, 1804, d. 
in Castleton, N. Y., Sept. 3, 1856, aged 52. She m. 1st, in 
Albany, N. Y., Nov. 16, 1822, John Peck, who d. in New 
York, March 2, 1825. 2d, in New York city, 1827, Elias 
Warner. Children : 
7-10. William John Peck, b. Sept. 14, 1823, d. in Aspinwall, Sept. I, 

1852, a. 29. 
7-11. Elizabeth Warner, b. in New York, April 12, 1828. 

6-10. Joel Dawson Smith, b. in Schodack, N. Y., Nov. 
12, 1810, m. in Castleton, N. Y., Nov. 23, 1836, Hannah 
Esluch Stearns, who was b. in Castleton, Jan. 10, 1820. He 
was formerly a forwarding and commission merchant, and steam- 
boat proprietor: now, 1873, President of the First National 
Bank of Castleton, where they reside. They have three children, 
all b. in Castleton : 
7-12. John Daniel, b. Dec. 27, 1837. 
7-13. William Peck, b. May 23, 1846. 
7-14. Charles Hyde, b. Nov. 2, 1848. 

6-22. Joel J. Dawson, farmer, b. in Schodack, N. Y., 
Dec. 15, 1822, m. in Schodack, Feb. 23, 1853, Lucretia Kittle. 
They reside, 1873, '" Castleton, N. Y. They have two 

7-15. Mary Jane, b. inToneka, 111., Feb. 1, 1859. 
7-16. Amy S., b. in Schodack, N. Y., May 12, 1866. 

6-24. Henry Dawson, merchant, b. in Schodack, N. Y., 
Feb. 24, 1827, m. in Mitcheskill, N. Y., Sept. 3, 1851, Lany 
E. Folmsbee, who was b. in Schodack, Aug. i, 1833. They 
reside in Castleton, N. Y. Two children, both b. in Schodack : 
7-17. Eldorcs J., b. Dec. 21, 1852. 
7-18. Lucas Henry, b. Dec. 25, 1865. 

6-25. William Dawson, farmer, b. in Schodack, N. Y., 
May 29, 1829, m. March 14, 1858, Rebecca Hyck. They re- 
side, 1873, in South Schodack, N. Y. One child : 
7-19. Charles, b. in Schodack, Jan. 29, 1859. 

62 T^he Dawson Family. 

6-27. Mary Helen Dawson^ b. in Schodack, N. Y., Sept. 
12, 1836, m. in same place, Nov. 25, 1857, ^- Reily Van 
HoESEN. They res. 1873, in Schodack. Two children : 

7-20. Mary Elvina, b. in Schodaci<, Dec. 4, 1858. 
7-2 1. Minnie, b. in Schodack, Oct. 6, 1866. 

6-28. James Monroe Dawson, b. in Schodack, N. Y., 
March 11, 1840, m. in Castleton,N. Y., Dec. 24, 1865, Miss 
Kate Hudson. They res. 1873, in Castleton. Two children : 

7-22. Levina, b. in Castleton, Nov. 26, 1867. 
7-23. Helen, b. in Castleton, May 29, 1870. 

6-29. Anna Dawson., b. in East Haven, Conn., July 31, 
1794, d. in Westfield (Middletown) Conn., Dec. 3, 1862, aged 
68. She m. Feb. 15, 1814, Chester Douglass,' who was b. 
in New Hartford, Conn., Dec. 25, 1785, and d. in Westfield, 
Dec. 22, 1 861, aged 76. He had learned the cooper's trade, 
but followed the occupation of a farmer through life. They 
had eight children, all b. in New Hartford : 

7-24. Emily Cyrene, b. Nov. 5, 1815, res. 1873, in New Haven, Ct. 

Fowler. - 
7-25. Benajah Hervey, b. Oct. 6, 1817, res. 1873, New Haven, Ct. ; 

7-26. Sarah Ann, b. Sept. 13, 1819, res. 1873, Durham, Ct. Alling ; 

7-27. Lloyd Waldo, b. June 17, 1821, res. 1873, in New Haven, Ct. ; 

7-28. Chester Holt, b. June 25, 1823, res. 1873, Norwalk, Ct. ; m. 
7-29. Eliza Henrietta, b. Dec. 17, 1825, res. 1873, Meriden, Ct. 

7-30. William Bradley, b. Nov. 10, 1828, res. 1873, New Haven, Ct. ; 

7-31. Solomon Johnson, b. Oct. 3, 1834, res. 1873, New Haven, Ct. ; 

6-30. Eli%a Teresa Dawson, b. in East Haven, Conn., 1 796, 
a member of the First Church of the United Society, New 

•Son of Moses (d. abt. 1827, aged abt. 86) and Anne Spencer Douglass, m. in 
New Hartford, Ct., June 28, 1781 ; gr. son of Samuel Douglass, who was b. in 
Plainfield, Ct. 5 gt. gr. son of Samuel Douglass, who was "born in Scotland." So 
says Mr. Riverius Douglass, brother of Chester, above named ; but the compiler hereof 
thinks that investigation would show that the Samuel Douglass last above named was 
not the original emigrant. 

= Elisha Fowler, merchant, m. Emily Cyrene Douglass, March 26, 1838. He 
was b. in North Branford, Ct., July 27, 1810, and d. in New Haven, June 7, i86j 
aged 52. They had no issue. 

The Dawson Family. 63 

Haven, Feb. 1821, d. in Orange, Conn., Feb. i, 1840, aged 44. 
She m. Sept. 30, 1822, Solomon Johnson,' farmer and teacher, 
who wash. Feb. 9, 1786, and d. at Orange, Ct., June, 16,1843, 
aged 57. She was his second w. They had four children, all 
b. in Orange: 

7-32. Solomon, b. April i, 1824, res. 1870, in Washoe City, Nevada. 
7-33. David Ailing, b. Feb. 14, 1826, d. in New Haven, Ct., Aug. 6, 

I 864.- 
7-34. William Holt, b. Oct. 19, 1828, res. 1873, in New Haven ; m. 
7—35. A daughter, d. in infancy. 

6-31. Mary Leonora Dawson^ b. in East Haven, Ct., Oct. 
9, 1798, d. in Saybrook, Ashtabula Co., Ohio, June 10, 1843, 
aged 45 ; m. in New Hartford, Ct., Dec. i, 1819, James 
Calaway,3 farmer, who was b. in Harwinton, Ct., Feb. 27, 
1796, d. in Kingsville, O., July 26, 1870, aged 74. They had 
ten children : 
7-36. James, b. in New Hartford, Ct., July 24, 1 8 19, res. 1871, in 

Ashtabula, O. ; m. 
7-37. William Holt, b. in New Hartford, Sept. 30, 1821, res. 1871, 

in .'Ashtabula, O. ; m. 
7-38. Fayette, b. in Austinburg, O., Dec. 17, 1823, d. in Austinburg, 

Aug. 26, 1828, a. 5. 
7-39. Mary Jane, b. in Austinburg, July 9, 1826, res. 1871, in Geneva, 

O. Williams. 
7-40. Sarah, b. in Austinburg, July 18, 1828, d. in Madison, O., Feb. 

18, 1847, a. 19. 
7-41. Lucretius Bissell, b. in Austinburg, July 8, i 83 1, d. in same place, 


* Seventh ch. of Ebenezer and Esther PunJerson Johnson, m. Jan. 4, 1769; gr. 
son of Stephen Johnson, of W. Haven, b. 1704, d. 1797, a descendant of John 
Johnson, one of the settlers of New Haven, 1643. Esther Punderson was 
dau. of Thomas Punderson, b. Aug. 24, 1713, d. Feb. 22, 1781, and w. Mary 
Miles, b. Dec. 18, 17 19, dau. of Joseph Miles, mariner, and w. Elizabeth Trowbridge, 
b. March 29, 1693, d. Jan. 23, 1783, m. March 20, 1718. Thomas Punderson 
was eon of John Punderson, for forty years deacon, and gr. son of John Punderson, 
one of the original "seven pillars," of the First Church of New Haven. Elizabeth 
Trowbridge was the dau. of Trowbridge, planter and merchant, of large 
estate, b. Feb. 14, 1664, d. Sept. 15, 1704; and w. Mary Winston, m. Oct. i6, 
1685 J gr. dau. of Thomas Trowbridge, a large W. India merchant, Justice of the 
Quorum, etc., b. in England, 1632, d. Aug. 22, 1702, and w. Sarah Rutherford; 
gt. gr. dau. of Thomas Trowbridge, who emigrated from Taunton, Somersetshire, 
England, abt. 1636. See " TmwiriJge Family." Mary Winston was dau. of John 
Winston, of New Haven, 1647, concerning whom see n. 3, p. 42. 

= He was a private in company E. of the 43d N. Y. Rgt. of Infantry, enlisted 
about Sept , 1861 ; died from wounds received at Rappahannock Station, Va., in en- 
gagement of Nov. 9, 1863. 

3 Son of William Calaway (b. in England, d. in Conn.), and w. Sarah Collier (b. 
in Barkhamstead, Ct., d. in Illinois). 

64 The 'Dawson Family. 

7-42. [Calawav.] Orestes Hawley, b. in Austinburg, May 16, 1833, 

res. 1871, in Saybrooic, O. ; m. 
7-43. Henry Dawson, b. in Austinburg, Jan. 6, 1837, d. at Chancellors- 

ville, Va., May 3, 1863, a. ib} 
7-44. Eliza, b. in Austinburg, Sept. 25, 1839, res. 1871, at Geneva, 

O. Brett. 
7-45. Emily Irene, b. in Saybrook, O., April 24, 1841, res. 1873, at 

Tittabawassee, Mich. Stone. 

6-32. Jennette Dawson^ b. in East Haven, Ct., April 25, 
1805, res. 1873, '" West Haven, Ct. She m. in New Hart- 
ford, Ct., Aug. 28, 1824, Barzillia Morse,^ farmer, b. in 
Litchfield, Ct., April 9, 1801, d. in West Haven, June 14, 1863, 
aged 62. They had three children : 
7-46. Henry Shepard, b. in Austinburg, O., April 9, 1827; d. July 27, 

1872, in Olney, III. ; m. 
7-47. Elizabeth Jennette, b. in Vienna, Oneida Co., N. Y., Sept. 29, 

1833, res. 1873, in West Haven, Ct. Catlin. 
7-48. Adelaide Theresa, b. in Orange, Ct., March 5, 1840, res. 1873, 

in Southington, Ct. Neale. 

6-33. William Holt Dawson, formerly merchant in New 
York city, now (1873) proprietor of the Rockview vineyards 
and fruit farm, at Westville, Ct., was b. in North Guilford, Ct,, 
Aug. 16, 1809. He m. in Orange, Ct., May 11, 1834, 
Martha JVilmot,i who was b. in Milford, Ct., Dec. 9, 1816. 

'He was a private in Company D., nth N. Y. Infantry, enlisted 23 Sept., 1862. 
He was killed in battle. 

= Eldest son of Elihu (b. July 16, 1774) inA Abigail Barber Morse, res. Litchfield, 
Ct., Wolf Lake, Ind., and Panaka, Wis.; gr. son of Solomon (b. Feb. 18, 1749, 
d. June 4, 1820) and Mary Spellman Morse, m. March 23, 1770, res. Wallingford, 
Ct. ; gt. gr. son of David (b. May 15, 1716, d. May 16, 1766) and Mindweli 
Morse, m. Oct. 7, 1737, res. at Wallingford. The last named was son of Solomon, 
(b. July 9, 1690, d. Oct, 10, 1752), and Ruth Prck (d. March 29, 1728) Morse or 
Moss, m. June 28, 1714, res. Wallingford; gr. son of John (b. Oct. 12, 1650, d. 
March 31, 1717) and Martha Lathrof (d. Sept. 21, 1719) Moss, m. Dec. 12, 
1677, res. New Haven and Wallingford; gt. gr. son of John Moss, of New Haven, 
b. in England abt. 1619, res. at New Haven 1639-70, Wallingford 1670-1708. 
He was a member of the General Court, and a prominent, inHuential man. See 
sketch of him and an account of his descendants : — Mtmarial of the Morses, p. 144, 

3 Dau. of Walter Wilmot (b. in Bethany, Ct., Jan. 5, 1782, d. in West Haven, 
May 12, 1854, a. 72) and w. Sarah Clark, (b. in Milford, Feb. 14, 1781, d. in 
West Haven, May 12, 1832, dau. of Elisha and Sarah Beach Clark) m. June 24, 
1802; gr. dau. of Walter Wilmot, (b. in Woodbridge, d. in Bethany, Ct., July, 
1824, a. 69) and w. Hannah Johnson, who d. in Waterbury, May 8, 1833, a. 71. 
The last named W. W. was a soldier in Rev. war; a gunner in Fort Montgomery, 
which he was one of the last to leave when it fell into the hands of the British, 
he and three others making their escape by swimming the Hudson river ; he was a 
son of Valentine Wilmot (b. and d. in Southold, L. I.) ; gr. son of Alexander Wilmot 



^ u 

The Djiiison Family. 6j 

They reside, 1873, '" Westville. Seven children, all b. in New 

Haven : ' 

7-49. Wi'' . 1 Henry, b. Sept. 10, 1835, d. in Westville, Maj' 9, 1865, 

/-v^ ' l^aima, b. June z8, 1838, d. Dec. 21, iJ?4i, H i,' 

•■ • ; •,11a Walter, b. Nov. 20, 1840, res. 1873, in N " 

ijKge Wallace, b. Oct. 9, 1842, res. 1873, in X 

r.inklin Tuttle, b. July 1;, 1844, res. 1873, in V\ 

\.y. Caroline Ives, b. Aug. 9, 1846. res. i^T^, in Wc^i.,.,^. 

-5,. Ella Anzonetta, b. Aug. 3, 1849, res. 1873, in Wcstviilc. 

6-34. Henry Shepard Dawson, b, in New Hartford, 
Corin., July 3, 1813, m. in Orange, Ct., June 4, 1839, 
Elizabeth Ailing^" who was b. in Orange, Feb. 17, 18 17. They 
reside, 1873, in New Haven, where he was for many years a 
rnerchant and manufacturing confectioner. He was, until 
recently, president, and is now a director and vice-presideiy;, of 
the New Haven and Derby R. R. Company. He is also a 
director of the Yale National Bank, of New Haven, and presi- 
dent of the New Haven City Water Worics Company, with 
which company he has been prominently connected from the date 
of its organization, about 1859. ^^ early recognized, as few 
at that time did, the necessity and advantages to New Haven of 
an abundant supply of pure water, and to his sound judgment 
and indomitable energy it now largely owes the distinction which 
it enjoys of being among the most favored of our cities in this 
lespect. Much of the recent rapid increase of that city, in 
business, wealth and population, is due to the numerous manu- 
facturing establishments remoyed to or originating in New 
Haven since the Introduction of water, and impossible there 
before for lack of it ; while the benefits of its introduction, as 
■ —'.rds health, comfort, security from fires, and domestic con- 

Jiold — the place whcrc,*it is said, the ancestors of tljjs fiitni|v " scRled 

■iii.r ■.:>-ii i-oni England to America." Sarah Bcich. ah' .vc .uTnr.i. i .:- 
i" Orange, Dec. 28, i8zj, 1 
.s', l«i4, aged 97) m. in M,- children, 72 Rr. ... 

Htll Ailing, of West Ha 




The Dawson Family. 65 

They reside, 1873, '" Westville. Seven children, all b. in New 
Haven ; 

7-49. William Henry, b. Sept. lo, 1835, d. in Westville, May 9, 1865, 

a. 30 ; m. 
7-50. Frances Emma, b. June 28, 1838, d. Dec. 21, 1841, a. 3.1 
7-51. Edward Walter, b. Nov. 20, 1840, res. i 873, in New Haven ; m. 
7-52. George Wallace, b. Oct. 9, 1842, res. 1873, io New Haven ; m. 
7-53. Franklin Tuttle, b. July 15, 1844, res. 1873, in Westville ; m. 
7-54. Caroline Ives, b. Aug. 9, 1846, res. 1873, in Westville. 
7-55. Ella Anzoneita, b. Aug. 3, 1849, res. 1873, in Westville. 

6-34. Henry Shepard Dawson, b. in New Hartford, 
Conn., July 3, 1813, m. in Orange, Ct., June 4, 1839, 
Elizabeth Ailing^ who was b. in Orange, Feb. 17, 18 1 7. They 
reside, 1873, ''^ New Haven, where he was for many years a 
merchant and manufacturing confectioner. He was, until 
recently, president, and is now a director and vice-president, of 
the New Haven and Derby R. R. Company. He is also a 
director of the Yale National Bank, of New Haven, and presi- 
dent of the New Haven City Water Works Company, with 
which company he has been prominently connected from the date 
of its organization, about 1859. ^^ early recognized, as few 
at that time did, the necessity and advantages to New Haven of 
an abundant supply of pure water, and to his sound judgment 
and indomitable energy it now largely owes the distinction which 
it enjoys of being among the most favored of our cities in this 
respect. Much of the recent rapid increase of that city, in 
business, wealth and population, is due to the numerous manu- 
facturing establishments removed to or originating in New 
Haven since the introduction of water, and impossible there 
before for lack of it ; while the benefits of its introduction, as 
regards health, comfort, security from fires, and domestic con- 
also of SoutholJ — the place where,*it is said, the ancestors of this family "settled 
when they emigrated from England to America." Sarah Beach, above named, was 
dau. of Leander Beach (d. in Orange, Dec. 28, 1823, aged 96), and w. Abigail 
Baldwin (d. in Orange, Feb. 25, 1824, aged 97) m. in Milford, lived to^-ethcr over 
60 years, and left living descendants, 7 children, 72 gr. children, 192 gt. gr. children 
and 17 gt. gt. gr. children. 

' Tlie date of her death copied from the family record, but the grave-stone says 
Dec. 20. 

= Dau. of Gilead Ailing (b. in Orange, d, in New Haven, May 25, 1S44I, and 
w Mary Smith, b. in Milford, April, 1792 — dau. of Thomas and Mary Lambert 
Smith, m. in Orange; gr. dau. of Jolin and Lyd\a Hall Ailing, of West Haven. 

66 T^he Dawson Family. 

venience, are almost incalculable. In connection with many 
other enterprises for the benefit of the "city of Elms," Mr. 
Dawson's name might be honorably mentioned. He is one of 
its most active, public spirited and useful citizens. Mr. and 
Mrs. Dawson have had nine children, all b. in New Haven : 
7-56. Henry Shepard, b. Aug. 22, 184I, d. in New Haven, Dec. 3, 

1867, a. 26 ; U7im. 
7-57. Sidney Holt, b. Oct. 27, 1842, res. 1873, in New Haven ; m. 
7-58. Augustus Edward, b. Feb. 20, 1844, res. 1873, in New Haven; m. 
7-59. David Alonzo, b. Jan. 11, 1846, d. April 2, 1861, a. 15. 
7-60. Theodore Shepard, b. May 15, 1847, d. April 14, 1861, a. 14. 
7-61. Mary Elizabeth, b. Jan. 15, 1849, d. March 20, 1861, a. 12. 
7-62. Charles Albert, b. March 31, 1853, d. Feb. 1, 1854, a. i. 
7-63. Florence Irene, b. Nov. 10, 1854, d. May 27, 1861, a. 7. 
7-64. Charles Herbert, b. Nov. 16, 1857, d. Feb. 16, 1861, a. 3.' 

6-36. Thomas Holt Dawson, school teacher and farmer, 
b. in Northford, Ct., Dec. 17, 1807, d. in Licking county, 
Ohio, June 7, 1847, aged 40. He m. in Caldwell, N. J., 
Nov. 27, 1833, Abigail Jacobus^ of Caldwell, who was b. A'larch 
28, 1813. They removed the same year to Northford, returned 
to Caldwell in April, 1836, and removed thence to Hartford- 
town, Licking county, O., in 1840, her parents having gone 
thither a short time before. She m. again, and res. 1873, ^^ 
Condit P. O., Delaware Co., O. They had five children: 
7-6;. Stephen V., b. Nov. 10, 1834, d. Aug. 15, 1855, aged 21 ; imm. 
7-66. Mary Adaline, b. Jan. 28, 1839, d. May 21, 1868; was m. but 

d. without issue. 
7-67. Reuben Thomas, b. April 10, 1841, d. June 7, 1847. 
7-68. Fanny, b. Jan. 7, 1845, res. 1873, Condit, O. Huff. 
7-69. Chloe, b. Jan. 14, 1848, res. 1873, Condit, O. Wilson. 

6-37. Mary Adaline Dawson, b. in Northford, Conn., 
April 25, 1810, m. in Northford, April 25, 1833, Horace 
Smith, farmer, b. in North Haven, Jan. 20, 181 1, res. 1871, 
in Wallingford. She d. in Northford, July 2, 1837, aged 27, 
leaving one child, then three weeks old, viz : 
7-70. Merit Dawson, b. June 11, 1837, res. 1871, in Wallingford ; m. 

' The five interesting children whose deaths occurred, as appears by the above 
melancholy record, within the space of about ten weeks in the early months of 1861, 
were victims to tliat dread scourge dipthcria, then very fatally prevalent in the country. 
A similar instance appears to have occurred in the family of Thomas Dawson, 
1736-37 (2-2). 

The Dawson Fa?mly. 67 

6-38. Sarah Smith 1 tittle, b. in East Haven, Nov. 4, 18 16, 
m. in same town, Feb. 10, 1835, George Henry Jacobs, 
who was b. in North Haven, Sept. 27, 1813, and d. in Sacra- 
mento, Cal., Oct. 30, 1850, aged 37. She res. 1873, '" "^^^^ 
Haven. One child : 

7-71. Hiram, b. in East Haven, Jan. 22, 1836, res. 1873, in East 
Haven ; unm. 

6-39. Harriet Lewis Meloy, b. in New Haven, Conn., Jan. 
4, 1799, m. in Chenango, N; Y., Jan. 4, 1820, John Barker 
Rogers, who was b. in Lisle, N. Y., May 6, 1796. He resides 
1873, '" Chenango Forks, N. Y., where he has been for many 
years in active business as a merchant, miller, and extensive 
dealer in dairy products, which commodities he purchases in 
large quantities for eastern markets. He was postmaster at 
Chenango Forks, by appointment of several different administra- 
tions, but, having acted prominently with the whig party, was 
removed for political causes during the presidency of James 
K. Polk. He was a member of the state assembly in 1844, 
and has repeatedly served as county supervisor, to which office 
he continued to be elected so long as he would consent to accept 
it. Probably to him more than to any other man is due the 
business prosperity of the village and vicinity where he resides, 
and he enjoys in a high degree the confidence and esteem of 
the community. 

Mr. and Mrs. Rogers celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of 
their marriage at their pleasant home on the fourth of January, 
1870. Besides a very large attendance of friends from near and 
far, the /am/Vy gathering numbered over fifty, including seven 
children, eighteen grand-children, and three great grand children ; 
and it was remarked of the groom and bride that they received 
and entertained their friends with a cordiality and ease which 
would have graced a much earlier anniversary of their wedded 
life. They were made the recipients of very many elegant and 
costly gifts, as well as of letters from numerous friends in distant 
places, expressive of the utmost good will and best wishes.' 

' Mr. R. is a son of Simeon Rogers, farmer and inn keeper (b. in Guilford, Ct., 
Aug. 1762, d. in Barker, N. Y., March 27, 1856, aged 94), and w. Mary Barker, 
(b in Branford, Ct., d. in Barker, 1858, aged 86) m. in town of Lisle, N. Y., abt. 

68 T//6' Dawson Family. 

Mrs. Rogers d. at Chenango Forks, Feb. 22, 1873, aged 74. 
" For half a century she was identified with the social and relig- 
ious history of this village. Of the Congregational church, 
during the half century of its existence, it is not too much to 
say that Mrs. Rogers was ' the strongest soul.' In this com- 
munity, for the same period, alike in her social standing and her 
Christian example, she was 'a shining light.' Of the many 
women whose social and Christian influence has been a blessing 
to this place, the general verdict would promptly give to Mrs. 

Rogers a representative place." "Where there was good 

work to be done, there she was to be found, and always among 
the foremost. Surely hers was a worthy life."' They had 
nine children : 
7-72. Henry Augustus, b. in Chenango Forks, April 30, 1821, res. 1873, 

in Chenango Forks ; m. 
7-73. Theodore Simeon, b. in Chenango Forks, Oct. 14, 1824, res. 

1873, Binghamton, N. Y. ; m. 
7-74. Mary Ann, b. in Greene, N. Y., April 17, 1826, res. 1 873, Dun- 
kirk, N. Y. FULLAGER. 

7-75. Norman Stevens, b. in Chenango Forks, Oct. 3, 1828, res. 1873, 

Chenango Forks ; m. 
7-76. Julia Eliza, b. in Chenango Forks, Oct. 30, 1830, res. 1873, 

Chenango Forks. Hagaman. , 

7-77. William, b. in Chenango Forks, Dec. 4, 1832, d. May 5, 1837. 
7-78. Caroline Harriet, b. in Chenango Forks, Feb. 16, 1835, res. 1873, 

Chenango Forks, N. Y. 
7-79. George William, b. in Chenango Forks, Oct. 14, 1838, res. 1873, 

Binghamton, N. Y. ; m. 
7-80. Catharine Julietl, b. in Chenango Forks, June, 1844, A. Sept. 23, 

1790. She was a dau. of John Barker, a pioneer settler in tlie Chenango Valley 
country. See interesting anecdotes cf her early lite and adventures among the Indians, 
Annah of Binghamton^ pp. 160-163. Simeon Rogers was a " minute-man " at New 
Haven, when sixteen years old j served for six months at one time, and for shorter 
periods on other occasions. He opened in 1795, " the first inn, kept the first store, 
and built the first mill " in the town uf Barker. His marriage was also the first in 
the township. He was appointed, under President Jefferson, the first postmaster 
at Chenango Forks, which office he resigned after a few years in favor of his son, 
who held it continuously until removed as above stated, by Pres. Polk.* Of 
Simeon Rogers it was said that " he had been in the enjoyment of remarkably good 
health all his long life, and he possessed unusual mental and physical activity and 
energy. Intelligent, patriotic and kind hearted, he was respected and beloved by all 
who knew him." — Obituary : Binghamton paper. 

'The Dawson Family. 69 

6-40. Henry Meloy jun., b. in New Haven, Ct., March 
9, 1801, m. in Greene, N. Y., Feb. 17, 1828, Nancy Waterman^ 
who was b. in Otsego, N. Y., July 13, 1801, and d. at Linden, 
Orleans Co., N. Y., July, 1855, aged 54. He res. 1873, at 
Ellicottville, N. Y. They had one child : 

7-81. Catharine, b. in Union, N. Y., March 9, 1842, Linden, Aug. 
27, 1856, a. 14. 

6-41. Frederick William Meloy, merchant, b. in New 
Haven, Conn., Feb. 26, 1805, m. ist. in Greene, N. Y., Dec. 
8, 1830, Martha Emilia Willard^ who was b. at Stafford 
Springs, Conn., Nov. 16, 1808, d. in Ellicottville, N. Y., 
March 11, 1868, aged 59 ; mother of all his children. He m. 
2d. in West Haven, Ct., Oct. 21, 1869, wid. Susan Frances 
Meloy McCarthy,^ b in Orange, Ct., Aug. 27, 1834. They 

■ Third child and only dau. of Dr. Samuel Willard (b. at Stafford Springs, Ct., 
Dec. a6, 1766, d. at Cincinnati, O., Feb. 16, 1820), and w. Abigail Perkins (b. 
at Chaplin, Ct., abt. 1773, d. at Greene, N. Y., Feb. 22, 1839, dau. of Isaac and 
Tamiscn Chaplin Perkins, of Ashford, Ct.), m. Aug. 179S ; gr. dau. of Rev. Dr. 
John Willard (b. in Biddeford, Me., Feb. 8, 1733, d. at Statibrd Springs, Ct., Feb. 16, 
1807), and w. Lydia Dwight (b. Brookfield, Mass., Jan. 14, 1732, d. Jan. 23, 1798, 
dau. of Joseph Dwight), m. Nov. 24, 175S. Rev. Dr. J. W. was son of Rev. Dr. 
Samuel Willard (b. at Kingston, Jamaica, abt. Sept. 1705, d. at Kittery, Me., Oct. 
25, 1741), and w. Abigail Wright (b. at Sudbury, Mass., Feb. 19, 1708-9, d. at 
Scarborough, Me., aged 70, dau. of Capt. Samuel and Mary Stephcm Wright, of 
Rutland), m. Oct. 29, 1730 j gr. son of Major John Willard, (b. at Groton, Mass., 
Sept. 8, 1673, d. at Kingston, Jamaica, abt. 1710-20), and w. Frances Sherburne, 
of Jamaica, {d. at Kingston, 1733), m. 1703 or '04. Major J. W. was son of Rev. 
Dr. Samuel Willard (b. at Concord, Mass., Jan. 31, 1639-40, d. at Boston, Sept. 
12, 1707), and his first w. Abigail Sherman, (b. 1647, d. abt. 1677, dau. of Rev. 
John and Mary Launcc Sherman,) m. Aug. 8, 1664; gr. son of Major Simon Wil- 
lard, (b. at Horsmonden, Kent, England, 1605, d. at Charlestown, Mass., between 
1675 and i68o), andhis first w. Mary Sharpe, (bapt. at Horsmonden, Oct. 16, 
1614, dau. of Henry and Jane FeylJt Sharpe). Major Simon W. emigrated to 
Boston 1634, became a prominent military officer of the Colony, and a member of 
the governor's council. He was son of Richard Willard (d. at Horsmonden, Feb. 
1617), and his second w. Margery ( Horsmonden, Dec. 160S). Rev. Dr. 
Samuel W., above named, son of Major Simon W., was a grad. of Harvard College, 
1659; pastor of Old South Church, Boston, 1678 ; and president of Harvard, 1701-7. 
Other graduates of that Institution, above named, were Major John W., 1670, mer- 
chant, of Kingston, Jamaica; Rev. Dr. Samuel W., 1723, pastor of church at Bidde- 
ford, Mc., 1730, " an earnest, zealous, and affectionate preacher; " Rev. Dr. John 
W , 1751, "a venerable servant of God, faithful and devoted in his station as a 
Christian minister for a term of nearly fifty years;" and Dr. Samuel W., 1787. 
ffillard Memoir, by Joseph Willard, Boston, 1858. 

= Wid. ofScrgt. Thomas McCarthy, of Co. I., i6th Regt. Conn. Vols., killed in 
battle, of Antietam, Sept., 7, 1862, dau. of Falama Meloy, (b. in Orange, Ct., 
March 25, 1792,) and w. Amarilla Richards, (b. in Orange, March 4, 1800, 
d. June 3, 1862,) m. May 28, 1820; gr. dau. of John Meloy, (Dec. 4, 1766, 
d. in West Haven, Ct., aged 74,) and w. Esther UmberviUc. Her gr. father was a 
bro. of Henry Meloy, (5-14). 

70 The Dawson Family. 

reside, 1873, '" Ellicottville. He has had nine children: 
7-82. [Meloy.] William Augustus, b. in Chenango Forks, N. Y., 

Aug. 26, 1832, res. 1873, Muirkirk Station, Md. ; m. 
7-83. John Willard, b. in Chenango Forks, Sept. 8, 1834, res. 1873, 

Portville, Cattaraugus Co., N. Y. ; m. 
7-84. Samuel Henry, b. in Chenango Forks, Sept. 8, 1836, res. 1873, 

Washington, D. C. ; m. 
7-85. Abigail, b. in Greene, N. Y., Dec. 9, 1838, res. 1873, Ellicott- 
ville, N. Y. 
7-86. Anna, b. in Chenango, N. Y., Aug, 8, 1841, res. 1873, Great 

Valley, N. Y. Rider. 
7-87. Charles Frederick, b. in Barker, N. Y.,Dec. 17, 1843, res. 1873, 

Cuba, N. Y. ; m. 
7-88. Edward Richmond, b. in Barker, N. Y., June 12, 1846, res. 

1873, Corsicana, Navarro Co., Texas ; unni. 
7-89. Theodore Dwight, b. in Barker, N. Y., April 18, 1849, d. in 

Ellicottville, April 3, 1858, a. g. 
7-90. Martha Emilia, b. in Greene, N. Y., May 26, 1854, res. 1873, 


6-42. Julia Anna Meloy, b. in New Haven, Conn., Nov. 
12, 1810, m. at Union, N. Y., June 21, 1833, Rev. Judah 
L. Richmond, who was b. in Durham, Schoharie Co., N. Y., 
April 17, 1807, and d. in Sheffield, Ashtabula Co., Ohio, May 
14, 1868, aged 61. He was a Baptist minister, graduate of 
Hamilton College." She resides, 1873, '^^'''^ '^^•' ^°"5 '" Chat- 
tanooga, Tenn. They had six children : 

■ Son of Rev. Edmund Richmond, also a Baptist minister (b in Berltshire county, 
Mass., March i6, 1780, d. at Sheffield, O., Jan. 24, 1862), and w. Ruth teaming 
(b. in Farmington, Conn., abt. 1782, d. in Sheffield, O., Feb., 1838, dau. of Judah 
teaming, of Bristol, Ct.), m. in Bristol, N. Y., Dec. i, 1801 ; gr. son of Gideon 
Richmond (d. in Berkshire, 1800, a soldier of the Revolution) and w. Hannah 
Richmond (d. in Berkshire, 1780), dau. of John Richmond, of Taunton, Mass. 
The father of Gideon Richmond was Nathaniel, who also lived at Taunton. The 
Richmonds are of English descent. They were at Taunton as early as 1640. Rev. 
Edmund Richmond was "for sixty years a worthy member of the Baptist church, 
and for above fifty years a faithful and successful preacher of the Gospel. He was 
pastor of the Baptist church in Milford, Otsego Co., N. Y., more than twenty years, 
during which time a church of 14 members increased to 144, and erected a good 
House of Worship, which still remains. Thence he removed to Rome, Ashtabula 
Co., O., where he gathered a small church, which increased to 50 members, and 
erected a House of Worship, during his pastorate of seven years. The last twen ty- 
three years of his pastoral life he devoted to the Baptist church in Sheffield, to which 
he gave a lot of ground for a meeting house, towards the erection of which he was 
also the principal donor. He had eight sons and four daughters. Of these, all but 
two sons survived him, besides whom he left a posterity of 67 grand children and 27 
great grand children." — Obituary. In September, 1853, one hundred of his children 
and children's children met him on a visit. Several large general gatherings of the 
Richmonds have taken place, and it is understood that a book of Records of the family 
is in course of preparation. 

The Dawson Family. j\ 

7-91. [Richmond.] Theodore, b. in Jefferson, O., March 2, 1837, 

res. 1873, in Chattanooga, Tenn. ; m. 
7-92. Amelia, b. in Stocl^ton, N. Y., June 5, 1840, res. 1873, in 

Goshen, Ind. Thomas. 
7-93. Charles Henry, b. in Fredonia, N. Y., Dec. 14, 1842, res. 1873, 

in Brighton, Lorain Co., O. ; m. 
7-94. Grace Adelia, b. in Warsaw, N. Y., April 13, 1846, res. 1 873, 

in Ai, Fulton Co., O. Bartholomew. 
7-95. Frederick Meloy, b. in Warsaw, N. Y., March 27, 1 848, res. 

1873, in Cleveland, O. ; m. 
7-96. Katherine, b. in Deposit, N. Y., Dec. 25, 1850, res. 1873, in 

Goshen, Ind. Pooley. 

6-43. Grace Amelia Meloy^ b. in New Haven, Ct., July 4, 
1813, m. Nov. I, 1831, Charles Egbert Keeler, merchant, 
b. in Binghamton, N. Y., April 4, 1806, d. at the residence 
of her son in-law, Dr. Johnson, in Greene, N. Y., Nov. 2, 1 872, 
aged 66.' They resided many years in Union, N. Y., and had 
two children., both b. in that place : 

7-97. Julia Anna, b. Jan. 12, 1833, res. 1873, Fulton, 111. Mercereau. 
7-98. Adelaide Amelia, b. Aug. 20, 1836, res. 1873, Greene, N..Y. 

6-44. Harriet Mead Prescott^ b. in Batavia, N. Y., June 
25, 1821, m. July 31, 1841, Dr. Elijah Dresser,= allopathic 
physician, who was b. in Paris, Oneida Co., N. Y., Sept. 15, 
1810. They reside, 1873, in East Otto, Cattaraugus Co., 
N. Y., and have had five children, all b. in E. Otto : 

7-99. Harhn Cephas, b. vSept. 2, 1843, res. 1871, Dunkirk, N. Y. ; m. 
7-100. Emily Eunecia, b. Jan. 2, 1849, d. Nov. 2, 1849. 
7-1 01. Moses Beecher, b. Jan 4, 1851.'* 
7-102. Charles Corydon, b. March 20, 1853. 
7-103. Laura Prescott, b. March 28, 1858. 

' Son of Lewis FCeeler, who went from Norwalk, Ct., and kept a public house and 
carried on the hatting business at Chenango village (near where Binghamton now 
stands) for some years prior to 1800. He built in Binghamton, 1801, the first tavern 
in that place. — Annals of Bingiamion, 176-177. His son Lewis Keeler, of Greene, 
N. Y., m. Mary, sister of John B. Rogers (6-39). They celebrated the fiftieth an- 
niversary of their marriage, Feb. 1869. (Ralph Keeler, at Hartford, 1640, was one 
of the first settlers of Norwalk; freeman there, 1668. — Savage's Gen. Did.). 

= Son of Elijah Dresser (b. in Wendall, Mass., d. in Geneseo, N. Y., abt. l8ai, 
aged 52) and w. Amelia Beach (d. in Geneseo, N. Y., abt. 1818, aged 44) m. in 
Paris, Oneida Co., N. Y. (Probably a descendant of John Dresser, of Rowley, Mass., 

3 In Prtscolt Mimorial the date of his birth is erroneously given "June 4, 1851," 
and date of Emily's birth is also erroneously printed " yunc 2, 1849." 

72 The Dawson Family. 

6-45. Elliott Marshall Dawson, painter, b. in New 
Hartford, Conn., Jan. 22, 1814, m. ist. Oct. i, 1838, Esther 
Smith, b. in Harwinton, Ct., May 11, 1817, d. in Bristol, Ct., 
Aug. 25, 1842. No children. 2d. Jan. 4, i^/s^b, Rosetta Nor- 
ton, b. in Plymouth, Ct., Nov. 10, 1819. They res. 1873, '" 
Plymouth, Ct., and have had five children, all b. in that state : 
7-104. Marshall, b. in New Haven, Sept. 20, 1846, d. in New Haven, 

Oct. 4, 1846. 
7-105. Helena, b. in Fair Haven, June 9, 1850, res. 1873, Plymouth, Ct. 


7-106. Millard Elliott, b. in Ansonia, Sept. 21, 1852, d. in Ansonia, 

Sept. 21, 1853. 
7-107. Fred Elliott, b. in Meriden, Feb. 15, 1857, d. in Hartford, Feb. 

6, i860. 
7-108. Fred Millard, b. in Waterville, Sept. 7, 1862. 

6-46. Mary Ann Dawson, b. in New Hartford, Ct., May 
14, 1816, m. 1st. Sept. 3, 1837, Norton C. Parsons, who was 
b. in Enfield, Ct., Aug. 18, 1810, d. of lung fever, at Broad 
Brook, East Windsor, Conn., June 6, 1855, aged 45. They 
had two children, both b. in East Windsor : 

7-109. Clifford Dawson, b. Nov. 14, 1838, res. 1873, Bristol, Ct. ; m. 
7-110. Arthur, b. Aug. 28, 1840, res. 1873, Bristol, Ct. ; m. 

She m. 2d., Dec. 14, 1858, Orrin Bissell, b. inE. Wind- 
sor, Dec. I, 1792, d. of lung fever, at Broad Brook, Jan. 8, 
1873. ^he res. 1873, at Broad Brook. 

6-47. Eveline Abigail Dawson, b. in New Hartford, Ct., 
April 26, 1818, m. May 2, 1841, Dea. Russell B. Perkins, 
who was b. in West Springfield, Mass., April 10, 18 17. They 
reside, 1873, '" Meriden, Ct. Three children : 

7-1 1 1. Charles Russell, b. in New Hartford, Jan. 25, 1844, res. 1873, 

Meriden ; m. 
7-112. George Willard, b. in Meriden, Aug. 11, 1850. 
7-113. Judson Norton, b. in Meriden, Dec. 7, 1852. 

6-49. Juliette Dawson, b. in New Hartford, Ct., March 
18, 1821, m. Oct. 14, 1841, Henry W. Bissell," who was 

■ Son of Lawrence (b. March ii, 1772, d. Feb. 7, 1853), and J<j/:t ^o/«« Bissell, 
m. Feb. 28, 1S05 ; gr. son of Roswell (b. May 3, 1755), and Olive Stoughion Bissell ; 
gt. gr. son of William (b. Sept. 15, 1725, d. June 22, 1796), and Jemima Skir.ner- 
Bissell, m. June 4, 1754. The last named was son of Ensign Nathaniel jr., (b. Jan. 
7, 1665, d. March 4, 1752), and Sarah Gaylord Bissell, m. July 8, 1714; gr. son of 
Nathaniel (b. Sept. 24, bapt. Sept. 27, 1640, d. March 12, 1713-14), and Mind-jjell 

The Dawson Family. 73 

b. in East Windsor, Dec. 23, 1818. They res. 1873, at Broad 
Brook, E. Windsor. Five children, all b. in that town : 
7-114. Elizabeih E., b. Aug. 8, 1841, res. 1873, Broad Brook. Daven- 
7-115. Lucius H., b. Jan. 29, 1845, res. 1873, Broad Brook. 
7-116. Juliette, b. April 30, 1848, res. 1873, Broad Brook. 
7-117. Mary M., b. Jan. 27, 1853, res. 1873, Broad Brook. 
7-118. Katie J., b. Sept. 30, 1857, d. at Broad Brook, April 6, 1869. 

6-51. Sybil Dawson^ b. in New Hartford, Ct., Nov. 21, 
1825, m. June 9, 1845, Joseph Sigourney, merchant, b. in 
Spezia, Italy, Feb. 17, 1821. They res. 1873, '" Bristol, 
Conn. ; have two children, both b. in Bristol : 
7-119. Albert Marshall, b. Aug. 1, 1850, res. 1873, in Bristol ; m. 
7-120. Frank Willard, b. Oct. 25, 1856. 

6-52. Marilla Elixabeth Dawson, b. in New Hartford, Ct., 
Oct. 31, 1828, m. in Bristol, Nov. 15, 1848, George Hos- 
FORD Evans, who was b. in Chatham, Conn., Nov. 4, 1824, 
son of George and Esther Evans. They res. 1873, '" Bristol. 
Nine children : 

7-121. William Henry, b. in Bristol, Sept. 9, 1849. 
7-122. Mary Esther, b. in Bristol, Dec. 15, 1854, res. Bristol. 

7—123. George Burdeit, b. in Burlington, Ct., Oct. 14, 1857. 
7-124. Harriet Nina, b. in Bristol, Feb. 9, i860. 
7-125. Harry, b. in Bristol, July B, 1863, d. Aug. 13, 1865. 
7-126. Anna Elizabeth, b. in Bristol, Aug. 17, 1865. 
7-127. Nellie Marilla, b. in Bristol, Jan. 27, 1867. 
7-128. Harry, b. in Bristol, Jan. 17, 1870. 
7-129. Sybil, b. in Bristol, March, 1872. 

6-53. Lucia Eunecia Amelia Dawson, b. in Canton, Ct., 
Nov. 18, 181 3, d. at "Lone Oak Farm," Bloomingdale, Du 
Page Co., 111., Aug. 20, 1852, aged 39 ; m. in Nelson, N. Y., 
Jan. 2, 1832, Frederick Avery Kinney,' and removed to 
Bernadotte, 111., about 1837. He was b. in Nelson, N. Y., 
Nov. 4, 1807, and d. in Bloomingdale, July 19, 1859, aged 52. 

Moore Bissell, m. Sept. 25, 1662; gt. gr. son of John Bissell sen., who d. Oct. 3, 
1667, aged 86. He was b. in England: **came Co Windsor about 1640} was the 
first white settler [in Windsor] on the East side of the Connecticut, and the founder 
of a numerous, energetic and honorable family " — Stiles' Hiitory of Ancient fVindur. 
' Son of Ezra Kinney (b. in Dutchess county, N. V., Aug. 25, 1776, d. in Nelson, 
N. v., Jan. 2, 1836) and w. Matilda Langworthy (b. in Stonington, Ct., Oct. 18, 
1782) m. Nov. 23, 1800. 


74 T^he Dawson Fa?nily. 

Mr. and Mrs. Kinney were greatly esteemed in the commu- 
nity where they lived. They would hardly have been selected, 
perhaps, as suitable pioneers to the then " far west," whither 
they so early emigrated. In point of education and refinement 
they were superior to the majority of the early settlers of those 
western wilds ; but all their resources, mental and physical, were 
devoted to the developing and upbuilding of their chosen home, 
shared with their less fortunate neighbors, and made instrumental 
of good in numerous ways, such as only the truly charitable, 
laboring in the spirit of genuine Christianity, can devise and adopt. 
Their influence was widely felt and gratefully acknowledged. 
They were Universalists in religious faith and by church mem- 
bership. They had five children : 
7-130. Timothy Lee, b. in Erieville, N. Y., April 23, 1834, d. in Erie- 

ville, Sept. 30, 1834. 
7-131. Frederica Grace, b. in Erieville, Dec. 5, 1835, res. 1873, in 

Grouse, Kane Co., 111. Goodwin. 
7-132. Kate Eugenia, b. in Bloomingdale, 111., March 25, 1848, res. 

l873,~'Grouse, III. 
7-133. May .Augusta, b. in Bloomingdale, June 24, 1852, d. Aug. 20, 

7-134. Fred Dean, b. in Bloomingdale, June 24, 1852, d. in Aurora, 

111., June 14, 1866. He was run over by railroad cars, 

losing both legs, and survived but a few hours. ' 

6-54. Lucius Roberts Dawson, house and bridge carpen- 
ter and builder, b. in Canton, Ct., March 15, 18 15, m. in 
Cazenovia, N. Y., Julia Emeline Blackman^ March 5, 1838. 
She was b. in Linklean, Chenango Co., N. Y., April 4, 1820. 

* He was a pupil in the Claric Seminarj', at Aurora, and was a lad of great promise. 
For some years he had been living at Aurora, in the family of his brother-in-law and 
sister, Mr. and Mrs. Goodwin, who supplied as far as possible the place of parents to 
him during his orphanage. " He was kind and amiable in disposition, genial and 
gentlemanly in manners, respectful and dutiful to teachers. He was sincere, out- 
spoken and upright, uniform in temper and spirit, determined in purpose. He was 
without reproach, so far as we know, in words, habits and morals In some de- 
partments of study he ranked among the best in his classes On his way home 

[from school] he was crushed beneath the cars. His fellow pupils, from their win- 
dows in the seminary, witnessed his misfortune, and hastened to his presence, and 
attended him, so far as their services were needed, to the last. He exhibited unusual 
presence of mind and fortitude. Much more calm than any about him, he gave 
directions as to taking him home, and continued quiet and self possessed as long as 
he lived. From time to time he ministered words of comfort to his deeply afflicted 
and sorrowfiil friends. He was buried at Bloomingdale." — Obituary. 

= Dau. of Roswell Blackman (b. Oct. 22, 1791) and w. Lorinda Haywood (b. 
Aug. 21, 1799) m. April 29, 1819; gr. dau. of Enoch Blackman (b. Sept. 15, 
1760) and w. Abigail Clark (b. Sept. 22, 1760) both of Conn. 

The Dawson Family. 75 

He enlisted, May, 1863, in the Construction Corps, U. S. 
Volunteers, and was for some months in service in Virginia, 
until the company to which he belonged was disbanded. He 
reenlisted in December, 1863, in the same service, under Major 
E. L. Wentz, and was stationed in Tennessee, in charge of a 
party of men who were employed in cutting and dressing timber 
for the rebuilding of bridges destroyed in the war ; afterwards 
built a shingle-mill for the government at Lenoir, Tenn., of 
which he had charge about one year. 

They res. 1873, in Biiighamton, N. Y., and have had five 
children : 

7-135. Lucia Diane, b. in Cazenovia, N. Y., July 9, 1839 ; res. 1873,, 
in Binghamton. Gray. 

7-136. Frances Mary, b. in Linklaen, N. Y., June 26, 1841, d. in 
Chenango, N. Y., Jan. 23, i860. Parker. 

7-137. LeeDe Forest, b. in Linklaen, ."^ug. 22, 1843, res. 1873, Bing- 
hamton ; m. 

7-138. Charles Edward, b. in Chenango Forks, N. Y., Feb. 28, 1846, 
d. at Yorktown, Va., June 16, 1864.' 

7-139. Florence Marie, b. in Chenango Forks, July 28, 1853, d. Nov. 
20, 1853. 

6-56. Maria Louisa Daivson, b. in Cazenovia township, N. 
Y., Sept. 7, 1819, m. rst. in Cazenovia, Oct. 29, 1839, 
Emilius Ahira Bates,^ farmer, b. in Nelson, N. Y., 
Feb. 9, 181 1, d. in same place, Dec. 8, 1853, aged 42. He 
was some time a student at Hamilton College, Madison, N. Y. 
In his youth he was a skeptic on religious subjects, but for 
nearly twenty years prior to his decease he was a devoted member 
and local preacher of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He 
had a good degree of literary skill, with refined and cultivated 
tastes ; and even in failing health, and through a long, weary 

' Private in ^^ih Regt. N. Y. S. Vols., enlisted Sept. 15, 1863, transferred to the 
1 68th Rcgt., and d. in the military hospital at Yorktown after only five days' illness. 
" His regiment was to be disbanded about the eighteenth of June, and I suppose the 
dear boy's mind turned often to that hope. His last words were, ' I am mustered 
out of service — I am going home.' He was a brave lad. His letters were full of 
the true soldierly spirit." — Extract from a letter. 

'Son of Rufus Bates (b. in Pownal, Vt., Nov. i, 1788) and w. Sally Marshall, 
(b. in Tolland, Mass., May 30, 1788, d. in Wampsville, N. Y., Aug. 11, 1873), 
m. in Nelson. N. Y., April 5, 1810, where they res. 1871; gr. son of Archibald 
Bates, (b. in Rhode Island, March 15, 1763, d. Jan. 11. 1838,) and w. Hannah 
Wever, m. in Vt., Nov. 8, 1787. (id. w. Hannah Dorrence Coman, m. Aug. 29, 

76 The Dawson Family. 

illness, maintained a cheerful spirit until the last. They had 
three children: 

7-140. [Bates]. Edward Francis, b. in Cazcnovia tp., Dec. 30, 1840, d. 

in Washington, D. C, March 6, 1864, aged 23 ; m. 
7-141. William Rufus, b. in Cazenovia tp., June 28, 1845, res. 1873, 

at Saginaw, Mich. ; m. 
7-142. Florence Maria, b. in Nelson, N. Y., April 30, 1852, d. April 

21, 1853, aged I year. 

She m. 2d. in Cazenovia, N. Y., Jan. 18, 1859, Leman 
David Coburn, merchant, b. in Truxton, N. Y., April 22, 
181 7. He was agent, by governor's appointment, 1865, for the 
state of New York, to care for the sick and wounded soldiers 
of the state, and for the exchanged prisoners of war ; with 
headquarters at Annapolis, Md. They reside, 1873, at Addison, 
N. Y. A very pleasant celebration of their " tin wedding" 
occurred on the evening of Jan. 18, 1869 — a large company 
being present, some of whom had journeyed long distances for 
the purpose of attending. 

6-57. Oliver Winston Dawson, b. in Cazenovia town- 
ship, Madison Co., N. Y., Feb. i, 1821. Before he was 13 
years of age he engaged as a clerk in the store of his cousin, 
F. W. Meloy (6-41 of this record), at Chenango Forks, N. 
Y., remaining there about one year, and he was afterwards simi- 
larly employed for longer periods at Pompey Hill and Salina, 
N. Y. On the death of his father, in March, 1843, ^^ ^^^~ 
ceeded to the charge of the business and family. He removed 
to Syracuse, N. Y., in 1845 '■> became landlord of the Fayette 
House in that city, and subsequently of hotels in Oran and 
Delphi, N. Y., selling out the three latter establishments, how- 
ever, in each instance, within one year after commencing busi- 
ness. He spent about two years in the service of the saddlery 
hardware house of C. Pope & Co., of Syracuse, as traveling 
agent for the sale of their goods, and for some years was also 
employed as traveling agent for the sale of drugs and patent 
medicines. In 1853, ^^ removed to Adrian, Mich., and ac- 
cepted a clerkship in the General Ticket office of the R'lichigan 
Southern and Northern Indiana Railroad, being the chief clerk 
of the " Local Ticket" Department of that office, which posi- 
tion he has ever since held. The office, however, has been 

C^-^*^^. T^r^ ^Z^ 

The Dawson Family. Jj 

several times removed, beipg successively, after leaving Adrian, 
at Toledo, O., Chicago, 111., and at present (since the consoli- 
dation with the Lake Shore R. R.) at Cleveland, Ohio. The 
changes in administration of this great railway interest have been 
still more frequent, but under all changes his valuable services 
have been retained, he having occupied the same desk for a period 
of over nineteen years. He possesses an organizing mind, and 
conducts the complicated business of hiS office with admirable 
system and efficiency. He m. in Cazenovia, Jan. 28, 1845, 
Sur;th .liiiHne Long^^ who was b. in Hartsville, town of Pom- 
pcy, N. Y., Sept. 19, 1822. They resided, from about 1858 
to 1872 in Toledo, O., removed in 1872, to Cleveland, in 
that state, and returned to Toledo, 1873. They have had five chn. : 
7-143. Sarah Elizabeth, b. in Cazenovia, E)ec. 17, 1846, res. 1873, in 

Toledo. - 
7-144. Timothy John, b. in Oran, N. Y., Nov. 21, 1849, res. 1873, 

in Toledo.3 , 

7-145. Oliver James, b." in Cazenovia, Jan. 18, 1853, d. in 'Adrian, 

Mich., Jan. 9, 1855. 
7-146. Mary Louisa, b. in Adrian, Mich., Aug. 28, 1856, d. Sept. 15, 

7-147. Henry Hobari, b. in Toledo, O., Sept. 18, i860. 

G-58. Edward Sebried Dawson, b. in Nelson, N. Y., 
July 22, 1822. From his twelfth year until he became of age 
he was employed as a clerk jn country stores, of which time 
the last seven years were spent in the service of Mr. Horace 
Wheaton, at Pompey Hill, N. Y. On leaving the service of 
Mr. Wheaton, he devoted a few months to acquiring a knowl- 
edge of dentistry, which profession, however, he abandoned in 
favor of a mercantile career. In 1844 he removed to Syra- 
cuse, N. Y., to take the position of bookkeeper for the firm of 

' Dau. of Nthemiah Benjamin Colbay Long, rterchant tailor (b. in Va., Oct. 29, 
lyKi, J. in Otan. N. Y., July 31, 1828,) and w. Sarah Rouse^b. in West Green- 
wich, Kent Co., R. I., Jan. 27, 1793, res. 1871, Elmwood, Peoria Co., 111. j dau. 
oi Benj. and Ruth Gorion Rouse, both natives of West Greenwich), m. Dec. 17, 
1812 ; gr. dau. of Benjamin Long and w. Mary Colbay, who was Dutch or of Dutch 
descent. The gr. pTrents moved to Schenectady, N. Y., in 1796, where they resided 
several years, and kept a hotel, and where Benj. Long died. After his death his 
wid. lived with 1 son, Moses Long, printer, in Albany, N. Y. He dying, she re- 
moved to Va., where she had other children living, and where she died. 

'An ar.oni; liihc i and succeisful teaclier, in one of the public schools of Toledo. 

3Tclcgr.if.|. ^.jcritor. Formerly, for more than two years, assistant, and since 
1 87 1, chief, ijuii dcspatchet for the Eastern and Southern Divisions of the Lake 
Shore and Mi,.higjn S-.uthern Railway. 


The Dawson Family. Jj 

several times removed, being successively, after leaving Adrian, 
at Toledo, O., Chicago, 111., and at present (since the consoli- 
dation with the Lake Shore R. R.) at Cleveland, Ohio. The 
changes in administration of this great railvi^ay interest have been 
still more frequent, but under all changes his valuable services 
have been retained, he having occupied the same desk for a period 
of over nineteen years. He possesses an organizing mind, and 
conducts the complicated business of his office with admirable 
system and efficiency. He m. in Cazenovia, Jan. 28, 1845, 
Sarah Adaline Long^^ who was b. in Hartsville, town of Pom- 
pey, N. Y., Sept. 19, 1822. They resided, from about 1858 
to 1872 in Toledo, O., removed in 1872, to Cleveland, in 
that state, and returned to Toledo, 1873. They have had five chn. : 
7-143. Sarah Elizabeth, b. in Cazenovia, Dec. 17, 1846, res. 1873, in 
Toledo. - 

7-144. Timothy John, b. in Oran, N. Y., Nov. 21, 1849, res. 1873, 
in Toledo.^ 

7-145. Oliver James, b. in Cazenovia, Jan. 18, 1853, d. in Adrian, 
Mich., Jan. 9, 1855. 

7-146. Mary Louisa, b. in Adrian, Mich., Aug. 28, 1856, d. Sept. 15, 

7-147. Henry Hobart, b. in Toledo, O., Sept. 18, i860. 

6-58. Edward Sebried Dawson, b. in Nelson, N. Y., 
July 22, 1822. From his twelfth year until he became of age 
he was employed as a clerk in country stores, of which time 
the last seven years were spent in the service of Mr. Horace 
Wheaton, at Pompey Hill, N. Y. On leaving the service of 
Mr. Wheaton, he devoted a few months to acquiring a knowl- 
edge of dentistry, which profession, however, he abandoned in 
favor of a mercantile career. In 1844 he removed to Syra- 
cuse, N. Y., to take the position of bookkeeper for the firm of 

* Dau. of Nehemiah Benjamin Colbay Long, merchant tailor (b. in Va., Oct. 29, 
1782, d. in Oran, N. Y., July 31, 1828,) and w. Sarah Rouse, (b. in West Green- 
wich, Kent Co., R. I., Jan. 27, 1793, res. 1871, Elmwood, Peoria Co., 111. ; dau. 
of Benj. and Ruth Gorton Rouse, both natives of West Greenwich), m. Dec. 17, 
1812; gr. dau. of Benjamin Long and w. IWary Colbay, who was Dutch or of Dutch 
descent. The gr. parents moved to Schenectady, N. Y., in 1796, where they resided 
several years, and kept a hotel, and where Benj. Long died. After his death his 
wid. lived with a son, Moses Long, printer, in Albany, N. Y. He dying, she re- 
moved to Va., where she had other children living, and where she died. 

»An accomplished and successful teacher, in one of the public schools of Toledo. 

3 Telegraph operator. Formerly, for more than two years, assistant, and since 
1871, chief, train despatcher for the Eastern and Southern Divisions of the Lake 
Shore and Michigan Southern Railway. 

yS The 'Dawson Family. 

Wheaton & Robinson, dealers in general hardware, with whom 
he remained three years, which were succeeded by two years 
in the service, in a similar capacity, of Messrs Charles Pope 
h Co., dealers in and manufacturers of saddlery hardware. He 
became a partner in this firm March i, 1849, and continued in 
the same establishment and business under the different firm 
names of Charles Pope & Co., Pope & Dawson, Wheaton & 
Dawson and E. S. Dawson & Co., until Dec. i, 1856, when 
he retired from the business. From the first of January follow- 
ing he was engaged in the business of Insurance, until Oct. I, 
1858, when he reentered the saddlery hardware trade under the 
firm name of E. S. Dawson & Co. In this business he con- 
tinued, conducting an extensive trade and a large manufacturing 
establishment, until Jan. i, 1869, when he accepted the posi- 
tion of treasurer of the Onondaga County Savings Bank, 
which position he still occupies. This bank, of which he had 
been, for many years previously, a trustee, is the oldest institu- 
tion of the kind in Syracuse, and one of the largest in the state. 
He is the inventor and patentee of several valuable improve- 
ments in saddlery and harness hardware, as also of other useful 
inventions, and possesses business qualifications of a high order. 
He m. in Pompey Hill, N. Y., Sept. 18, 1849, Clarissa 
Hannah Marshy who was b. in Pompey, Dec. 19, 1825. They 
res. 1873, in Syracuse, and have had four children, all b. in 
that city : 

7-148. Flora Marsh, b. June 3, 1850. 
7-149. Edward Seymour, b. Sept. 29, 1852. 
7-150. Homer Wheaton, b. March 6, 1856. 
7-151. John Barker, b. Jan. 13, 1863. 

6-60. Charles Carroll Dawson, compiler of these 
records, was b. in Nelson, N. Y., Feb. 4, 1833. When in 

' Dau. of Moses Seymour Marsh (b, at New Milford, Ct., Dec. aS, 1792, d. at 
Syracuse, Oct. 12, 1843) and w. Flora Wheaton (b. at New Miltbrd, July 23, 1799, 
d. at Syracuse, Sept. 17, 1847), m. at Pompey, N. Y., Aug. 19, 1820. He was a 
merchant at Pompey, afterwards cashier for many years and president of the Onon- 
daga County Banic, at Syracuse ; son of Rev. Truman and Clarissa Seymour Marsh. 
Flora Wheaton, above named, was dau. of Augustus Wheaton, farmer, one of the 
early settlers of the town of Pompey, to which he removed from Dutchess county, 
N. Y., about 1810 or '12. Rev. Truman Marsh was rector for many years (from 
1809 or earlier) of the Episcopal church in Litchfield, Conn., where he d. April, 
1851, aged about 80 years. Clarissa Seymour, sister of the late Henry Seymour 
(fithar of Ex. Gov. Horatio Seymour, of New York), d. at Litchfield, Sept. 2, 1865, 
aged Q3 years, 1 month. 

The Dawson Family. 79 

his thirteenth year he became a clerk in the bookstore of L. 
W. Hall & Co., of Syracuse, with whom he remained something 
more than a year, leaving their service to accept a clerkship in 
the general country store of Camp and Stone, at Trumansburg, 
N. Y. Two years later he returned to Syracuse, and became 
a clerk in the book establishment of Wynkoop & Brother, 
successors to his former employers. After about two years spent 
in their employ he became bookkeeper to Mr. Ezra Towne, 
grocer and insurance agent, in whose service he remained until 
1853, when he removed to New York city, to fill the position 
of bookkeeper and cashier in the book publishing house of 
Daniel Burgess & Co., then leading school book publishers in 
that city. With this firm he remained until its dissolution in 
1856, which occurred in consequence of the death of Mr. Daniel 
Burgess. In the fall of that year he made a collecting tour 
through the western states as representative of the administrator 
of Mr. B.'s estate. As a result of this trip came his removal to 
Des Moines, Polk county, Iowa, in the month of January follow- 
ing, where, as one of the firm of Redhead & Dawson, he en- 
gaged in business as a bookseller, publisher and stationer. In 
this business he continued until the winter of 1859-60, when, 
having been elected superintendent of Public Schools for that 
county, he disposed of his interest in the book business and 
devoted himself to the duties of his office, in connection with 
the business of a real estate and insurance agency, which he 
established about this time. He also became assistant state 
agent of the Aetna Insurance Company, of Hartford, Conn., 
traveling extensively for the purpose of adjusting losses, appoint- 
ing local agents, inspecting the condition of various local 
agencies, and performing other like duties. At this time also 
he occasionally wrote for the papers and magazines in prose and 
verse," wrote and delivered various lectures and addresses, and 
served as permanent secretary of sundry literary, social and 
church organizations. In the second year of his term of office 
as school superintendent he resigned the same in favor of his 
deputy and friend Dr. Wilmot H. Dickinson ; and a little time 
after received the appointment of deputy clerk of the United 

' of his etfusions in verse, a portion have been collected and " printed for private 
use" in a volume entitled ■' Occasional Thoughn and Fancies, by C. C. D." 

8o The Dawson Family. 

States Circuit Court of the District of Iowa,' which office he 
held about two years, meanwhile continuing his business as a 
Real Estate and Insurance agent, and also at the same time as 
for some years previously, serving as secretary of the City School 
District. In the spring of 1863 he was appointed chief clerk 
in the office of the provost marshal* for the fifth congressional 
district of Iowa, and assisted in organizing the provost service 
in that extensive district, then comprising twenty-three counties.' 
In this very laborious position he remained nearly two years, 
conducting also, during a part of the time, the agencies before 
mentioned, which, however, he surrendered early in 1864. In 
the fall of the same year considerations of health, and the desire 
of availing himself of certain advantages of study and instruction, 
with change of air and scene, and relief from business cares, 
induced him to resign his clerkship in the provost service, and 
remove with his family to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he be- 
came a student in the State University. He remained there in 
that capacity during the residue of that year and all of the 
year following, graduating in the Law Department of the Uni- 
versity in the spring of 1866. While making arrangements to 
return to Iowa for the purpose of engaging there in the practice 
of law, he was offered, during a visit to New York in the summer 
of 1 866, and accepted, the position of corresponding and advertis- 
ing clerk to the parties then controlling by contract the sale of 
the Congress and Empire spring waters.'' In 1869 he became a 
member of the board of trustees of the company owning the 

I The clerk at that time was the Hon. W. G. Woodward, of Muscatine, formerly 
chief justice of the Supreme Court of Iowa. 

» Capt. S. C. Brownell, one of the most genial of men, and best of officers. He 
now resides at Medina, N. Y. 

3 The provost service was the great system by means of which the army of the 
Union was continually reinforced. There were then no railroads in the district, and 
the District Headquarters were i8o miles from the General Rendezvous of the state, 
to which all recruits and arrested deserters were required to be forwarded. The providing 
of transportation, clothing and subsistence, under these circumstances, for large numbers 
of men, was attended with peculiar difficulties, and involved a multiplicity of ac- 
counts, and the necessity of a large correspondence. 

■» Messrs. Hotchkiss Sons, 58 Cliff St., connected with which establishment was 
their wholesale hardware house, 92 Beekman street, chietly for the sale of goods pro- 
duced at their extensive factory at Bridgeport, Conn. A portion of Mr. D.'s time 
was devoted to similar duties connected with the hardware establishment, and he also 
had charge, for about six months, Mr. B. B. Hotchkiss being in Europe, of a factory 
in New York, belonging to the latter, for the manufacture of iron wheels and of 
solid shot and shell for rifled cannon. 

The Dawson Family. 8 1 

spring property at Saratoga, and manager of the company's 
business in New York city, which positions he still retains." 

He m. in Brooklyn, N. Y., according to the order of the 
Society of Friends, May 21, 1856, Jeannette Margaret Simonson, 
who was b. in Westfield township, Staten Island, March 19, 
1829.= They reside, 1873, in Plainfield, N. J., and have had 
five children : 

7-152. Howard, b. in Des Moines, Iowa, May 26, 1857. 

7-153. Colman, b. in Des Moines, May 7, 1859. 

7-154. Robert, b. in Des Moines, Aug^ 14, 1861, d. of scarlet fever and 

diphtheria, in Des Moines, July 16, 1863. 
7-155. Charles Wilmot, b. in Plainfield, N. J., Dec. 10, 1867. 
7-156. Catharine Ruhamah, b. in Plainfield, Nov. 21, 1870. 
They have also an adopted daughter, 
Mary Hill Dawson, b. in Brooklyn, N. Y., Nov. 21, 1853. ^ 

^ Since 1866, he has made several extended trips through the western and southern 
states: also, in the fall of 1871, a visit to Europe — the former on business, the latter 
chiefly for health and pleasure. 

= Prior to her marriage a teacher in the Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn, 
N. Y.J dau- of John Simonson (b. at FreshkiU, near Richmond, Staten Island, Feb. 
3, 1803, d. June Z5, 1857), and w. Catharine Ann Harned (b. in Woodbridge, 
N. J., Nov. 23, 1805), m. in Woodbridge, June 26, 1824. She now, 1873, res. 
in Plainfield, N. J., wid. of Stephen Vail. John Simonson was son of John Simon- 
son (b. at Richmond, S. I., May 24, 1764, d. April 9, 1854, aged 90, farmer, and 
tanner and currier), and w, Margaret Swaim {b. S. I., Aug. 21, 1782, d. Sept. 29, 
1845), m. about 1800; gr. son of Arthur Simonson (d. Feb. 26, 1808), and w. 
Elizabeth Egbert, whose ancestors were Huguenots. The ancestors of Arthur Simon- 
son were from Holland, and among the first settlers of Staten Island. Margaret 
Swaim was dau. of Benj. Swaim, farmer, of Staten Island, and w. Martha, dau. of 
John Marshall. Catharine Ann Harned was dau. of Jacob Harned (b. 7 mo. 9, 
1769, d. 9 mo. 5, 1828). and w. Catharine Potter (d. Oct. 7, 1815, aged about 46) 
m. 1794; gr. dau. of Phinneas Potter and w. Elizabeth Hampton ; gt. gr. dau. of 

Andrew Hampton {b. 12 mo. 10, 1722), and w. Mercereau. Jacob Harned 

was son of Jonathan Harned (b. 2 mo. 18, 1746, d. 1811), and w. Sarah Laing 
(dau. of David and Anna Randolph Laing, of Woodbridge), m. 7 mo. i6, 1766. 
Jonathan Harned was son of Nathaniel Harned (b. lo mo. 3, 1716), and w. .\nna 
Clawson, {dau. of John Clawson, of Woodbridge), m. 4 mo. 17, 1742. Nathaniel, 
Jonathan and Jacob Harned were all members of the Society of Friends, all b. and 
d. at Woodbridge, where they carried on successively the same business — that of 
tanners and curriers — in connection with the farm, which was the family estate. 
Nathaniel Harned suffered notably in person and estate during the Revolutionary war 
on account of his strict adherence to his principles as a non-combatant — being plun- 
dered and oppressed in turn by both parties, American and British, as were many 
others of his sect, Andrew Hampton, above named, was a quakcr of wealth and 

3 Her only bro., Warren Burleigh Hill, (b. in Brooklyn, Aug. 15, 1850), d. of 
diphtheria, at Mr. D.'s residence in Des Moines, May 29, 1863. Their parents were 
John Warren Hill (b. in Portsmouth, N. H., June 20, 18 19, d. while acting assist- 
ant paym,ister, U. S. Navy, at Pensacola, Fla., Sept. 26, 1863), and w. Mary 
Augusta Simonson (b. in Rahway, N. J., Oct. 17, 1825, d. in Brooklyn, Sept. 29, 
1856, sister to Mrs. Dawson), m. Nov. 14, 1849. 


82 T^he Dawson Fatnily. 

6-61. Sophia Mersena Beecher, b. in New Hartford, Conn., 
Oct. 5, 1813, d. in Dunkirk, N. Y., Sept. 30, 1867, aged 54. 
Her death was justly regarded as " a bereavement of the whole 
community," which had " long felt the influence of her practical 
virtues and unostentatious charities." She m. April 21, 1831, 
Truman Rowley Colman, who was b. in Coventry, Conn., 
Nov. 9, 1809, and resides, 1873, '" Dunkirk.' His parents 
removed to Madison county, N. Y., in his boyhood. At the 
age of twelve he left home, and thenceforth not only supported 
himself independently, but assisted, to some extent, his father's 
family. He first lived two years with the Hon. Gerrit Smith, 
who, discerning in him capacity superior to his position, procured 
for him a clerkship in Peterboro, in the store of his brother-in- 
law, Mr. Backus. In 1826, his employer discontinuing business, 
he went to Utica, where he found a situation with a mercantile 
firm whose business was transferred to Rochester in 1828, and 
to Ellicottville in 1829, he going with it, and remaining as clerk 
in the establishment until 1832, when he became a partner. 
The next year he became sole owner. The stock consisted 
of dry goods, groceries, drugs and medicines, and a large variety 
of miscellaneous goods, including, as was common in the country 
stores of the time, spirituous liquors. He signalized his new 
position by discontinuing wholly the sale of the latter, thus be- 
coming the first merchant in the county to adopt this reform. 
He has ever since been a consistent and influential advocate of 
the temperance cause. He continued in the mercantile business 

prominence in Elizabeth, as early as 1688 ; appointed deputy to the colonial legis- 
lature, 1698 ; d. Jan., 1738-9. He built a brick house on the site of the present 
parsonage of St. John's church in Elizabeth. A portion of the original house still 
remains, in which is seen the old corner stone, inscribed with name and date — 
[1697 — Andrew Hampton and Margret.] His w. was Margaret Cummin. They 
had 8 children, who were bapt. by Rev. Geo. Keith (an Episcopal missionary, formerly 
a quaker preacher), in Nov. 1703, himself and w. having, so writes Keith, "come 
over from Quakerism to the Church." His son Andrew, however, though probably 
one of the children bapt. by Keith, was a quaker. A. H,, the deputy, supposed a 
son of James Hampton, who emigrated from Salem, Mass., to Southampton, L. I., 
about 1652. 

' Son of Asa Colman (b. in Coventry, Ct., Nov. 7, 1785, d. in Dunkirk, N. Y., 
July 19, 1859), and w. Betsey Trapp (b. July 17, 1787, d. April 30, 1833, dau. 
of William Trapp, of Coventry), m. in Coventry, Oct. 17, 1804; gr. son of Asa 
Colman {d. in Logan Co., O., about 1845, aged 87) and w. Hannah Babcock (d. 
about iS47,aged 87), m. in Coventry about 1775. moved thence to Cazenovia, N. Y., 
about iSii,and thence to Logan Co., O., about 1817. The father of the last 
named Asa Colman, lived to be over 90 years of age. The Colmans were at Cov- 
entry as early as 1 71 3, and probably earlier. — See Rtcords, town clerk's office. 

The Dawso?i Family. 83 

at Ellicottville until 1844, when he became agent for the pro- 
prietors of extensive tracts of lands in western New York, 
known as the " Holland Land Purchase." Three years later 
he purchased a large interest in the property, to the management 
and sale of which he afterwards devoted several years. In 1854 
he removed to Dunkirk, and established the Lake Shore Bank, 
of which he is now president. Mr. Colman is distinguished for 
his liberality and public spirit. That " the liberal hand maketh 
rich " has been abundantly verified in his case. His charities 
are manifold and ungrudging.' They had seven children, all b. 
in Ellicottville : 

7-157. Charles Henry, b. July 5, 1832, d. Aug. 19, 1832. 

7-158. Emily, b. July 3, 1833, d. Dec. 9, 1833. 

7-159. Albert Emilias, b. Feb. 8, 1835, res. 1873, in Dunkirk; m. 

7-160. Lydia Beecher, b. June 8, 1837, d. in Dunkirk, Oct. 8, 1872, 

aged 35. Van Buren. 
7-161. Ellen Sophia, b. Aug. 25, 1840, res. 1873, in Dunkirk. Barrett. 
7-162. Mary Melissa, b. Dec. 31, 1842, res. 1873, in Dunkirk. 


7-163. William Truman, b. Feb. 18, 1845, res. 1873, in Dunkirk ; m. 

6-62. Harriet Winston Beecher, b. in Batavia, N. Y., Aug. 
16, 1816, resides, 1873, in Ellicottville. She m. in Ellicott- 
ville, Dec. 24, 1833, Delos Enoch Sill,' who was b. in 
Cooperstown, N. Y., April 13, 181 1, and d. in Ellicottville, 
Feb. 12, 1869, aged 58. He was well known for many years 
as a prominent and influential editor and politician. He was 
for twenty-five years publisher of the Cattaraugus Freeman ; 
twice candidate for presidential elector,-' messenger, in 1848, 
to convey the vote of the Electoral College of New York to 
Washington ; agent for the New York Indians, by appoint- 
ment of President Lincoln, 1861-64. Of commanding pres- 
ence and winning address, ardent in his attachments, impulsive 
and enthusiastic in his nature, and untiring in his energies, he 
wielded an influence in political affairs which was hardly second 

' He was candidate for presidential elector on the Liberal Republican and Demo- 
cratic state ticket, fall of 1872. 

»Son of Enoch Sill (b. in Saybrook, Conn., 1782, d. in Springville, N. Y., Aug. 
1850) and W.Mary Potter (dau. of Evans Potter, Cooperstown), m. in Cooperstown, 
1805 J gr. son of Ezra Sill (b. in Silltown, Lyme, Ct., abt. 1753, i. at Saybrook) and 
w. Charity Pratt. 

'Elected to the office on each occasion, voting, in 1S48, for Zachary Taylor; in 
1856, for John C. Fremont. 

84 T^h^ Dawson Fatnily. 

to that of any other man in his county or district. " As a man 
he was just and upright ; as a citizen, liberal and public spirited ; 
as a neighbor, kind, sympathizing and obliging ; as a husband 
and father, affectionate and indulgent." He was "a kind, 
tender-hearted, faithful friend ; a pleasant, genial, original, witty 
companion." They had two children, both b. in Ellicottville : 
7-164. Charles Delos, b. Aug. 28, 1843, res. 1873, in Ellicottville ; m. 
7-165. Harriet Beccher, b. May 14, 1853, res. 1873, in Ellicottville. 

6-63. Emily Frances Beecher, b. in Batavia, N. Y., March 
3, 1818, m. June 3, 1838, Harlan Colman, merchant, who 
wash, in Cazenovia, N. Y., Feb. 9, 1816; brother to Mr. 
Truman R. Colman, who m. Sophia M. Beecher (6-61). Mr. 
C. commenced a business life as a clerk in a country store at 
the age of fifteen. He removed to Ellicottville about the year 
1834, and to Dunkirk in 1852. Since residing in Dunkirk he 
has been engaged as a Forwarding and Commission Merchant, 
also in the grain and milling business, and in the hardware 
trade, and more recently has been largely interested in the oil 
business of Western Pennsylvania. His enterprises are exten- 
sive, and his business ability of a high order. They reside, 
1873, '" Dunkirk, N. Y., and have had five children, all b. in 
Ellicottville : 
7-166. Frances Emily, b. March 22, 1839, res. 1873, in Dunkirk. 

7-167. Juliette Clarissa, b. Oct. 28, 1S43, res. 1873, in Dunkirk. 

7-168. Grace Eunecia, b. Aug. 1, 1845, res. 1873, in Dunkirk. 

7-169. Harriet Sophia, b. July 6, 1847, d. in Ellicottville, April 13, 

7-170. Charles Harlan, b. Aug. 13, 1849, d. in Ellicottville, Nov. 22, 


6-64. Juliette Beecher, b. in Batavia, N. Y., Feb. 18, 1820, 
m. Oct. 9, 1848, Peter Van Rensselaer Skinner,' mer- 
chant, who was b. in Redding, Steuben Co., N. Y., Jan. 7, 
1815. They res. 1873, '" Ellicottville, where their two 
children were born : 

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The Dawson Family. 85 

7-171. [Skinner.] Florence, b. July 25, 1849, d. Dec. 3, 1850. 
7-172. Sophie, b. July 22, 1851, res. 1873, in Ellicottville. Smith 

6-65. William Henry Beecher, b. in Batavia, N. Y., 
Dec. 24, 1821 ; editor and proprietor of The Whig and Advocate, 
at Angelica, N. Y., 1853-1856, and connected with other 
newspaper enterprises, at Ellicottville and Dunkirk, N. Y.,and 
in Illinois. He is the author of many graceful poems. He res. 
1873, at La Salle, 111. He m. in Hamburgh, N. Y., Helen M. 
White, Feb. 23, 1852.' One child : 

7-173. Eva, b. in Angelica, N. Y., March 15, 1854, res. 1873, Buflalo, 
N. Y. 

6-67. Moses Beecher, b. in Ellicottville, N. Y., July 26, 
1827 ; hardware merchant; also cashier of the First National 
Bank of Warren, Pa. : elected to that position on the organiza- 
tion of the Bank, in August, 1864 — a very popular and efficient 
officer. He m. ist. in Fredonia, N. Y., Oct. 22, i^^i, Sarah 
Taylor,^ who was b. in Norwalk, Ct., Aug. 28, 1831, and d. 
in Ellicottville, July 9, 1853, aged 22, leaving one child: 
7-174. Jessie Gumming, b. in Ellicottville, April 7, 1853, res. 1873, in 

He m. 2d. in Utica, N. Y., Aug. 2, 1855, E7nily E. Downer,^ 
b. in Utica, Feb. 27, 1831. They res. 1873, in Warren, Pa., 
and have had five children : 

7-175. Charles Emerson, b. in Dunkirk, N. Y., Oct. 9, 1856. 
7-176. Richard Gary, b. in Warren, Pa., Sept. 5, i860. 
7-177. Truman Colman, b. in Warren, April 7, 1862. 
7-178. Harry Downer, b. in Warren, Feb. 26, 1844, d. in Warren, 

April 22, 1865. 
7-179. Mary Esther, b. in Warren, May 30, 1865. 

6-68. Charles Mortimer Beecher, b. in Ellicottville, 
N. Y., Jan. 31, 1829; a practical printer; has been editor and 
publisher of newspapers at Ellicottville, N. Y., Sabula, Iowa, 
Dunkirk, Hornellsvillc and Corning, N. Y., and is now, 1873, 
editor and publisher of The Genesee Valley Free Press, at 
Wellsville, N. Y. He m. in Cuba, N. Y., Dec. 22, 1852, 
Amelia Elizabeth Hastings,'^ who was b. in Rush, Monroe Co., 
N. Y., Feb. 7, 1832. They have had five children : 

■ Or March 23, 1853, as communicated by another. 

' Dau. of Abijah Fitch Taylor, Fredonia. 

3 Dau. of Andrew Otis and Either McLtod Emerson Downer, of Detroit, Mich. 

< Dau. of Warner and ElizaielA Fiiber Hastings. 

86 "The Dawson Family. 

7-180. [Beecher.] Lucia Emily, b. in Ellicottville, Jan. 23, 1854. 

7-181. Charles Moses, b. in Ellicottville, March 10, 1855. 

7-182. Susan Juliette, b. in Bellevue, Iowa, Jan. 3, 1859, d. in Almond, 

Alleghany Cm., N. Y., May 20, 1867.' 
7-183. Guy Stone, b. in Dunkirk, Sept. 3, 1865, d. in Warren, Pa., 

March 12, 1866, 
7-184. Elizabeth Fisher, b. in Hornellsville, July 30, 1869. 

6-70. Lucia Annette Beecher., b. in Ellicottville, N. Y., Dec. 
27, 1833, d. in Dunkirk, N. Y., May 7, 1866, aged 33. She 
m. in Ellicottville, April 9, 1851, Richard Gary,' merchant, 
b. in Boston, Erie Co., N. Y., Feb. 11, 1827, res. 1873, in 
Dunkirk, of which place he was postmaster, by appointment of 
President Lincoln, from IVIarch 25, 1 86 1, until his removal, for 
political causes, by President Johnson, Jan. 24, 1866. They 
had four children : 

7-185. Richard Lincoln, b. in Ellicottville, July I, 1854. 
7-186. Eugene Charles, b. in Dunkirk, Nov. 21, 1857. 
7-187. Philip, b. in Dunkirk, May 4, 1864. 
7-188. Lucia Beecher, b. in Dunkirk, May 6, iS66. 

6-72. RoLLiN Laureat Dawson, b. in Nelson, N. Y., 
March 25, 1825, d. in Haydenville, Mass., Aug. 24, 1857, 
aged 32. He was one of the earliest manufacturers of gold pens 
at Syracuse, N. Y. ; removed to Haydenville about 1846, and 
in connection with Mr. Hayden, a button manufacturer, and 
the founder of the place, established there the manufacture of 
gold pens, and gold and silver pen and pencil cases. This 
business became very extensive and profitable, its success being 
largely due to his ingenuity and inventive skill in the adaptation 
and production of machinery suited to the various processes of 

' Son of Luther Harvey Gary (b. in Williamsburgh, Mass., Feb. 19, 1800), and 
w. Lucy Doolittle (b. in Wallingford, Vt., April 25, 1794, dau. of Calvin Doolittle) 
m. at Little Valley, N. Y., Dec. 16, 1821 ; gr. son of Riciiard Gary (b. in Mansfield, 
Gt., Jan. 15, 1759, d. in Boston, N. Y., Dec. 1841), and w. Susannah Ford, m. in 
WiUiamsburgli, Mass., about 17S2-3 ; gt. gr. son of Joseph Gary (b. in Windham, 
Ct., Sept 28, 1723), and w. Phebe Macli j m. 1747, lived in Mansfield, Ct. The 
last named Joseph Gary, was son of Jabez Gary (b. in Windham, Gt., July 12, 1691), 
and w. Hannah Hendee, m. Nov. 15, 1722; gr. son of Dea. Joseph Gary (b. 1663, 

d. Jan. 10, 1722), and w. Hannah , m. 168S, removed to Windham, 1689; 

gt. gr. son of John Gary, a " Plymouth Pilgrim" — so described by his distinguished 
descendant. Gen. S.'F. Gary, of Cincinnati, O., but not so recognized by Sa-va^e, 
who styles him of Bridgciuaier^ " said to have come from neighborhood of Bristol, 
England, at the age of 25, and set down first, 1637, at Duxbury." He m. June, 1644, 
Elizabeth, dau. of Francis Godfrey ; " was the first town clerk, and early his name 
was written Careiv, but as the Knglish pronounce that name Cary, spelling soon 
followed sound." — Savage's Grn. Did., art: Gary. 

The Dawson Family. 87 

manufacture. He established, 1851, the firm of Dawson, 
Warren and Hyde, in New York city. 

He m. March 23, 1847, 1"'^^ Elizabeth Leiuis, who was b. 
in Middletown, Ct., Oct. 6, 1825, and res. 1873, '" North- 
ampton, Mass. They had one child : 
7-189. Mary Isabella, b. in Haydenville, Aug. 9, 1855. 

6-73. LuciEN Augustus Dawson, b. in Nelson, N. Y., 
Aug. 10, 1826, m. Oct. 10, 1855, Ellen Elixa Pierce,'' who 
was b. in Peru, Mass., Aug. 28, 1838. He is a broker and 
capitalist ; place of business, Northampton. They reside in 
Springfield, Mass., and have had three children, all b. in that 
place : 

7-190. Lute Elizur, b. June 24, 1866, d. June 25, 1866. 
7-191. Clara Eliza, b. Feb. 23, 1867. 
7-192. Greta Cynthia, b. July 5, 1871. 

6-74. David Derastus Dawson, b. in Pompey, N. Y., 
Aug. 13, 1828; farmer; was quarter-master's sergeant, 1861, 
in 13th IlHnois Cavalry, (Col. Theodore Hartman), and served 
about one year — discharged on account of sickness; d. in 
Chicago, II!., Sept. 20, 1864 — buried in Harrington. He m. 
Nov. 7, i860. Electa Chase, viho was b. in Bridgeway, Orleans 
Co., N. Y., Dec. 13, 1842, and d. in Chicago, Aug. 18, 1866. 
They had two children : 

7-193. Henry, b. in Harrington, 111., April 9, 1862, d. April 17, 1862. 
7-194. Nellie L., b in Barrington, Aug. 29, 1864, d. Feb. 23, 1865. 

6-78. Morris Daw.son, farmer, was b. in Paris, Oneida 
Co., N. Y., Nov. 26, 1803, m. in Danby, N. Y., Oct. 7, 
1827, Sophia Smith, who was b. in Aurelius, Cayuga Co., N. 
Y., Oct. 6, 1806. They res. 1873, in Wellsboro, Tioga Co., 
Pa. Seven children, all b. in Danby, N. Y. : 
7-195. Amanda, b. Aug. 6, 1828, res. 1873, Wellsboro, Pa. Hart. 
7-196. Harmon Jackson, b. April 13, 1830, res. 1873, Wellsboro; tn. 
■7-\g7' Charles Ryle, b. July 31, 1832, res. 1873, Wellsboro ; m. 

> Dau. of Isaac S. Pierce, stone mason (b. 1802), and w. Eliza H. Thomson; gr. 
dau. of Ebenezer Pierce, of Peru, Mass. (b. 1770), who m. a dau. of John and 
Hcpsibah Lcland. Ebenezer Pierce (whose name, in the Pierce Family Record is 
printed Eber) son of Shadrach Pierce jr., (b. 1750), and w. Anna Bridges; gr. 
son of Shadrach Pierce (b. 1717), and w. Abigail Hoskins ; gt. gr. son of Thomas 
Pierce and w. Naomi Booth. Thomas Pierce was son of Isaac Pierce (b. about 
i65i) ; gr. son of Abraham Pierce, who was of Plymouth colony, 1613. 

88 The Dawson Family. 

7-198. John James, b. April 29, 1834, d. at Clarksburg, W. Va., Aug. 

14, 1865, aged 31 ; OT. 
7-199. Wealthy, b. June 21, 1836, d. in Charleston, Pa., Jan. 30, 1863, 

aged 27. NicKERSON. 
7-200. Ruth, b. May 10, 1843, d. Sept. 3, 1844, aged I. 
7-201. George Smith, b. Sept. 15, 1845, res. 1873, Wellsboro ; m. 

6-80. Almira Dawson, b. in Paris, Oneida Co., N. Y., Jan. 
9, 1805, d. in Wabash Valley, Indiana, Oct. i, 1834, aged 29 ; 
m. in Danby, N. Y., March 19, 1824, John Hobart, who d. 
in Indiana about i860. They had seven children: 
7-202. A daughter, b. about Dec., 1824, d. in infancy. 
7-203. Walter, b. April, 1826, res. i860, Indiana. 

' '*■"{■ Twins, b. about 1828, d. young. 
7-205. S ' ' / 5 

7-206. Ophelia, b. about 1830, d. 1843. 
7-207. Edmund, b. about 1832, d. young. 
7-208. A daughter, b. 1834, d. in infancy. 

6-81. Emily Dawson, h. in Paris, Oneida Co., N. Y., Nov. 
8, 1807, res. 1873, Danby, N. Y. She m. ist. in Danby, 
June 23, 1833, Asa Phelps Button, (son of Asa and Sarah 
Luce Button), b. in Mass., March 19, 1808, d. in Danby, June 
4, 1834; farmer. They had one son : 
7-209. Asa Wesley, b. in Danby, March 15, 1834, res. 1873, in 

Danby ; m. 
She m. 2d. in Danby, April 14, 1838, Rowland Sherman 
Werdon, who was b. in Pauldingstown, Dutchess Co., N. Y. 
April 3, 1807, d. in town of Newfield, Tompkins Co., N. Y. 
Oct. 10, 1848 ; farmer. They had three children: 
7-210. Lucinda, b. in Danby, Jan. 27, 1839, d. May 25, 1841. 
7-211. Chester Lorenzo, b. in Newfield, Oct. 20, 1840, res. 1872 

Ulysses, Tompkins Co., N. Y. ; m. 
7-212. Ophelia A., b. in Newfield, Oct. II, 1844, res. 1872, SulHvan 

ville, N. Y. Slocum. 

6-82. Samantha Dawson, b. in Utica, N. Y., June 27 
181 1, m. 1st., in Danby, N. Y., Nov. 16, 1829, Crawford 
Fox, who was b. in Otsego Co., N. Y., July 15, 1808, d. in 
Michigan, March 11, 1856. They had eight children: 
7-213. Emelinc Adams, b. in Caroline, Tompkins Co., N. Y., Aug. 11, 

1832, res. 1870, Owasso, Mich. Fuller 
7-214. William John, b. in Addison, Steuben Co., N. Y., March 2, 
1834, res. 1870, Venice, Mich. ; m. 

The Dawson Family. 89 

7-215. [Fox.] Chester Dawson, b. in Erwin, Steuben Co., N. Y., 

Dec. 18, 1835, res. 1870, Shiawassee Co., Mich. ; m. 
7-216. Angeline S., b. in Southfield, Mich., Nov. 29, 1838, res. 1870, 

Owasso, Mich. H..XLL. 
J-zij. Crawford Samuel, b. in Brighton, Mich., Jan. 30, 1842, d. in 

U. S. Army, of typhoid fever, at Munfordsville, Ky., Nov. 3, 

1862, aged 20. 
7-2 li. A tzuin brother of Crawford — d. in infancy. 
7-219. Milton Dawson, b in Brighton, Mich., Dec. 8, 1844, res. 1870, 

Duplain, Mich. ; m. 
7-220. Casandra A., b. in. Cahocta, Mich., Dec. 14, 1850, res. 1870, 

Venice, Mich. Gainer. 
Mrs. Fox m. 2d. Sept. 11, 1859, Peter Vroman, b. in 
Herkimer county, N. Y., Feb. 4, 1813. They res. 1871, 
in Mungersville, Shiawassee Co., Mich. 

6-83. Nelson Dawson, farmer, b. in Danby, N. Y., June 
8, 1813, m. in Spencer, N. Y., Nov. 5, 1835, Lorena Cowell, 
who was b. in Spencer, Feb. 23, 1818. They res. 1873, '" 
Spencer. Five children, ail b. in Spencer : 

7-221. Myron HaviJlah, b. March 24, 1837, d. in U. S. Hospital, 

Beltsville, Md., Nov. 1, 1862, a. 25 ; m. 
7-222. Almira, b. Nov. 21, 1841, d. of consumption, July 2, 1861, a. 

7-223. John, b. Dec. 19, 1842, res. 1873, Spencer, N. Y. ; m. 
7-224. Ruth Diana, b. Feb. 23, 1847, res. 1873, Spencer, N. Y. 

7.-225. Nancy Delphine, b. Dec. 18, 1853, m. at Spencer, March 13, 

1873, Abr.\m Dorn. 

6-84. Chester Dawson, farmer, b. in Danby, N. Y., 

April 7, 1815, m. Sept. i, 1840, Margaret McKnight, who 

was b. in New York city, May 10, 1820. Three children, 
all b. in Spencer : 

7-226. Seth Warren, b. Dec. 16, 184I, res 1873, Spencer; rn. 
7-227. William A., b. June 14, 1845, d. in Spencer, Sept. 2, 1872, a. 

27; CT.' 

7-228. Elizabeth Thankful, b. Oct. 14, 1848, res. 1873, Spencer. 

6-85. Mary Ann Dawson, b. in Danby, N. Y., March 20, 
181 7, m. in Caroline, N. Y., Sept. 22, 1838, Isaac German, 
farmer, who was b. in Charleston, Montgomery Co., N. Y., 

» He m. in Vancttenville, Chemung Co., N. Y., Oct 30, 1870, Mary Margaret 
Goodie//, who was b. in Cameron, Steuben Co., N. Y., Nov. 5, 1S40. No issue. 


90 The Daijoson Family. 

July 6, 1804. They res. 1872, in Mansfield, Richland Co., 
O. Five children : 

7-229. [German.] Isabel, b. in Ithaca, N. Y., May 27, 1840, res. 
1872, in Mansfield. Keyser. 

7-230. Horace, b. March 20, 1843, d. Nov. 26, 1855. 

7-231. Lydia Ann, b. in Danby, Oct. 22, 1845, res. 1872, in Mans- 
field. Gates. 

7-232. Zachary, b. in Danby, Nov. 22, 1848, res. 1872, in Mansfield. 

7-233. Edward Dawson, b. in Peru townsliip, Huron Co., O., April 1, 
1850, res. 1872, in Mansfield. 

6-86. Milton Dawson, farmer, b. in Danby, N. Y., 
March 28, 1821, d. in Spencer, N. Y., July 27, 1865, aged 
44. He m. March 4, 1849, Mary Ann Schofield, who was b. 
in Spencer, June 15, 1826, where she res. 1873. They had 
two children, both b. in Spencer : 

7-234. Amoretta Gertrude, b. May 15, 1858. 
7-235. Minnie, b. Oct. 25, 1864. 

6-87. Harriet Eliza Daivson, b. in Danby, N. Y., June 3, 
1826, m. 1st. in Spencer, N. Y., Feb. 27, 1848, Edgar 
LoRAiNE Morse, who was b. in Vermont, Aug. 8, 1828, son 
of John Tilman Morse. They had two children : 
7-236. Wallace Adelbert, b. in Spencer, N.Y., June 6, 1 85 1, res. 1873, 

Chicago, III; m. 
7-237. Francis Wheeler, b. in St. Johnstown, Lake Co , Ind., Aug. 16, 
1855, enlisted 1872, private U. S. Army. 

Mrs. Morse m. 2d. in Danby, N. Y., June 28, 1863, 
Lucius Mastin, who was b. in Richford, Broome county, 
N. Y., Oct. 5, 1838. They res. 1873, in Ithaca, N. Y. 

6-88. Iram Barnes, farmer, b. in Paris, Oneida Co., 
N. Y., Dec. 9, 1806, m. in same town, Nov. 18, 1830, 
yuliet Justin, who was b. in Paris, Sept. 25, 1 803. They res. 
1870, in Cortland Centre, Kent Co., Mich. Ten children: 

7-238. Iram, d. in infancy. 

7-239. Martha Maria, b. in Paris, N. Y., Oct. 27, 1833, res. 1870, 

Mich. Davis. 
7-240. Mary Jane, b. in Paris, March 2, 1835, res. 1870, Mich. 


7-241. Horace Lamotte, b. in Sharon, Mich, March 27, 1836, res. 

1870, Mich. ; ». 
7-242. James, b. in Sharon, d. aged 4 mos. 

The Dawson Family. 91 

7-243. [Barnes.] John Milton, b. in Cortland, Mich., March 27, 1839, 
res. 1870, Mich %m. 

7-2 c M'l ' I '^''"^' ^- '" Cortland, both d. in infancy. 

7-246. Eliza, b. in Cortland, Sept. 17, 1 844 ; m. — Davis ; res. 1870, 

Iowa ; three children, no records. 
7-247. Lucien Denison, b. in Cortland, April 11, 1847, res. 1870, 

Mich. ; m. 

6-89. Seth Barnes, farmer and shoemaker, b. in Paris, 
Oneida Co., N. Y., Nov. 20, 1807, m. ist. in Camden, Oneida 
county, March 12, 1836, Amelia T utile., who d. without 
issue, Oct. 5, 1863, aged about 52. He m. 2d. in Taburg, 
N. Y., May 5, 1864, Maria Barnes Wheeler, widow of Charles 
Wheeler, and dau. of Heulet and Cynthia Barnes. She was 
b. in Annsville, Oneida Co., N. Y., April 7, 1833. They 
res. 1870, in McConnellsville, same county. Two children, 
both b. in McConnellsville : 

7-248. Archus Pitt, b. Feb. 1;, 1865. 
7-249. Cynthia .Amelia, b. Nov. 22, 1866. 
They have, also, an adopted son, 
Frederick, b. June I, 1856. 

6-91. Milton Barnes, farmer, b. in Paris, Oneida Co., 
N. Y., Jan. 22, 181 1, d. in Cortland, Mich., March 24, 1863, 
aged 52. He m. at Oriskany Falls, N. Y., Jan. i, 1834, 
Laura Barnes., who was b. in Farmington, Hartford Co., Ct., 
May 16, 18 10, dau. of Thomas Barnes. She res. 1870, in 
Cortland Centre, Mich. They had six children : 

7-250. Edwin Woodbury, b. in Verona, Oneida Co., N. Y., Nov. 4, 

1834, res. 1870, Big Prairie, Newaygo Co., Mich. ; m. 
7-2; 1. Augustus Milton, b. in Verona, Sept. 16, 1836, res. 1870, 

Grattan, Kent Co., Mich. ; m. 
7-252. Lucy Jane, b. in Verona, Jan. 8, 1839, d. in Davis Co., Mo., 

Aug. 14, 1859, aged 20. Prentice.' 
7-253. Iram Curtis, b. in Verona, April 15, 1843, res. 1873, Cordand, 

Mich. ; m. 
7-254. Frances Amanda, b. at Chemung Creek, Chautauque Co., N. Y., 

April 30, 1846, res. 1870, Cortland, Mich. 
7-255. Charles Spencer, b. at Chemung Creek, June 23, 1852, res. 

1870, Cortland. 

■ She m. in Cortland, Mich., April 17, 1855, Chestkk Printice ; only child d. 
when 3 months old. 

92 The Dawson Family. 

6-92. Mfiry Sophia Barnes, b. in Paris, Oneida Co., N. Y., 
Aug. 29, 1813, m. Feb. 24, 1835, John Woodruff, who was 
b. in Mass. They res. 1870, in Oneida, Eaton Co,, Mich. 
Two children : 
7-256. Mary Delica, b. in Westmoreland, Oneida Co., N. Y., March 19, 

7—257. Jane Amanda, b. in Spencer, Tioga Co., N. Y., July 24, 1840. 

6-94. James Barnes, hotel-keeper, b. in Paris, N. Y., 
July 28, 181 7, m. 1st. Oct. 23, 1845, Silence Woodruff, who 
was b. in Spencer, N. Y., Feb. 28, 1 823, d. in Plainfield, Mich., 
Jan. 17, 1852. They had two children, b. in Plainfield: 
7-258. Tryphena Elizabeth, b. July 3, 1849. 
7-259. Uriel, b. Dec. 19, 1851. 

Mr. Barnes m. 2d. Dec. 24, 1853, Mahala Haines, who was 
b. in Lawrence, Otsego Co., N. Y., July 22, 1819. They 
res. 1870, in Plainfield. 

6-102. Martha Maria Dawson, b. in Danby, Tompkins 
Co., N. Y., Feb. 4, 1822, m. Sept. 14, 1843, Forbes Homis- 
TON,' railroad policeman, who wasb. in Great Barrington, Berk- 
shire Co., Mass., Sept. 28, 1820. They res. 1873, at 
Milwaukee, Wis. Two children, both b. in Fond du Lac, Wis. : 
7-260. Edward Ray, b. Jan. 8, 1845, res. 1873, Faribault, Rice Co., 

Minn., telegraph operator. 
7-261. Eunice Rebecca, b. Jan. 16, 1847, res. 1873, Winona, Minn. 


6-103. Phebe Isabella Daivson, b. in Danby, N. Y., June 
10, 1824, m. 1st. June 30, 1842, William Stephens. They 
had two children : 
7-262. Eleanora, d. at age of 3 years. 
7-263. Lucy Maria. 

She m. 2d. June 19, 1849, Jerome Judd, who was b. in 
Naugatuck, Ct., Aug., 1823, d. in Grafton, Mass., June 23, 
1867. They had two children : 

7-264. Charles Edward, b. in Auburn, N. Y., Feb. 6, 1850, res. 1870, 

Worcester, Mass. 
7-265. Caroline Isabel, b. in Naugatuck, Ct., Jan. 26, 1856. 
She res. 1871, in Spencer, N. Y. 

* Son of Dea. Jerre Homiston (b. in Hamden, Cc, March 19, 179OJ d, Dec. 29 
1872), and w. Mary Ray, (b. in Great Barrington, Mass). 

The Daioson Fannly. 93 

6-104. Hermon Frederick Dawson, carriage maker, b. 
in Danby, N. Y., April 30, 1826, m. in Southport, N. Y., 
Dec. 31, 1855, Sarah 'Jane ^ici, who was b. in the town of 
Hunter, Greene Co., N. Y., Nov. 12, 1833. They res. 1873, 
in Ithaca, N. Y. No children. 

6-106. William Young Doolittle, farmer, b. in Lenox, 
Madison Co., N. Y., Jan. 19, i8i3,m. ist. in Candor, N. Y., 
Nov. 2, 1837, Cinderella Hobnes, who was b. in Rensselaerville, 
N. Y., April 17, 1813, d. in Candor, Feb. 2, 1861. They 
had three children .- 

7-266. Lucy Maria, b. in Candor, Aug. 17, 1838, res. 1870, Warrens- 
burg, Johnson Co., Mo. Martin ; Flaningdon.i 
7-267. Eugene De.^lton, b. in Candor, Nov. 25, 1839, d. in Candor, 

Oct 29, 1862. 
7-268. Susan Delphine, b. in Bradford, Rock Co., Wis., Aug. 24, 1847, 
res. 1873, Candor. Holly. 

Mr. Doolittle, m. 2d. in Candor, N. Y., Aug. 4, 1861, 
Caroline Holmes^ b. in Rensselaerville, Dec. 17, 18 15. They 
res. 1873, '" Candor. 

6-107. Joel Carolus Doolittle, lumber merchant, b. in 
Danby, Tompkins Co., N. Y., May 23, 1815, d. at Horicon, 
Wis., Sept. 6, 1856, aged 41. Hem. Sept. 14, 1837, Palmyra 
Stephens^'' who wash, in Bridgewater, Pa., Aug. i, 1815. She 
res. 1873, ^' Horicon. They had eight children : 
7-269. Elbert Curtis, b. in Danby, N. Y., Aug. 28, 1838, d. Dec. 18, 

1 840. 
7-270. Wealthy Josephine, b. in Danby, March 25, 1842, res. 1873, 

Horicon, teacher. 
7-271. Sylvester Legrand, b. in Danby, Jan. 21, 1845, res. 1873, 

Oshkosh, Wis. 
7-272. Floyd Legranson, b. in Horicon, Wis., April 20, 1847, res. 

1873, Horicon. 
7-273 Frances Adalene, b. in Dekorra, Wis., Oct. 14, 1849, res. 1873, 

7-274. Emma Elizabeth, b. in Dekorra, April 15, 1851, res. 1873, 

7-27;. Charles Elihu, b. in Dekorra, Sept. 13, 1853, d. March 16, 

7-276. Hubert Joel, b. in Horicon, Dec. 14, 1855, d. Dec. 6, 1856. 

' She m. ist., George Martin ; one child, Cinderella, b. in Spencer, N. Y., June 
9, 1861, d. in Spencer, Aug. 5, 1862. She m. zd. William Flaningdon. No 

» Dau. of William and Sarah Plumb Stephens. 

94 'T^h'! Dawson Family. 

6-110. James Austin Doolittle, foundry pattern maker, 
b. in Danby, N. Y., Nov. i, 1820, m. in Oswego, N. Y., 
July 12, 1846, Frances Eliza Thorp,'^ who was b. in Oswego, 
March 22, 1825. They res. 1873, in Delavan, Walworth Co., 
Wis. Five children, all b. in Oswego : 

7-277. Eli Barnard, b. Nov. 12, 1847, res. 1873, in Brooklyn, N. Y. ; 

7-278. Mary Elizabeth, b. Jan. 18, 1850, res. 1873, in Delavan, Wis. 

7-279. Florence Adelaide, b. July 26, 1852, res. 1873, Walworth, Wis. 

7-280. Anna Raynor, b. July 28, 1853, d. Delavan, Wis., March 7, 

7-281. Frederick Truman, b. May 12, 1855, res. 1873, Delavan. 

6-111. Egbert Denison Doolittle, farmer, b. in Danby, 
N. Y., June 2g, 1823, enlisted Aug. 15, 1862, as a private in 
Co. F., 38th Reg't. Iowa Infantry Volunteers, participated in 
the siege of Vicksburg, d. of chronic dysentery, at Benton 
Barracks, St. Louis, Aug. 16, 1863, aged 40. He m. ist. in 
Bradford, Rock Co., Wis., Oct. 13, 1847, Diana Home^ who 
was b. in the town of Stirks, Herkimer Co., N. Y., June 25, 
1820, d. at West Union, Fayette Co., Iowa, Dec. 23, i860. 
They had seven children : 

7-282. Selba Austin, b. in Bradford, Wis., Aug, 5, 1848, d. at West 

Union, Iowa, March 2, 1856. 
7-283. Julia Josephine, b. in Bradford, Dec. 2, 1849, res. 1870, West 

Union, teacher. 
7-284. James Fenimore Cooper, b. in Dover, Fayette Co., Iowa, April 

3, 1851. 
7-285. Wealthy Albertina, b. in Clayton Co., Iowa, Oct. 23, 1852, 

d. in West Union, Aug. 9, 1853. 
7-286. Albert Elihu, b. in West Union, Jan. 20, 1855, d. in West 

Union, March 8, 1865. 
7-287. Ida Caroline, b. in West Union, Jan. 8, 1857. 
7-288. Adah Lemira, b. in West Union, Jan. 18, 1859. 

Mr. Doolittle m. 2d. in West Union, Sept. i, 1861, Delia 
LouisaDavis, who was b. in Springfield, Mass., Oct. 29, 1827, 
and res. a wid. at West Union. 

' Dau. of Truman and Mabel Thorp. 

» Dau. of Abram Isaac House and w. Rachel Putnam — both b. in Stirkville, 
N. Y., where they were m. and where she d. ; he d. in West Union, Iowa. 

The Dawson Family. 95 

6-112. Julia Antoinette Doolittle^ b. in Danby, N. Y., July 
17, 1825, d. in Oswego, N. Y., Aug. 5, 1844, aged ig. She 
m. William Fuller, ship carpenter, b. in England, res. 1870, 
in New York city. They had two children : 

7-289. George, res. 1870, New York city. 

7-290. William, res. 1870, Oswego, N. Y., adopted son of his mother's 
uncle, Hon. Sylvester Doolittle. 

6-114. Julia Esther Dawson, b. in Lenox, Madison Co., 
N. Y., Jan. 11, 1813, m. in Fowler, O., Aug. i, 1830, 
Ahimas Doud,' who was b. in Canton, Hartford Co., Conn., 
July II, 1811, farmer. They res. 1873, '" Freedom, Portage 
Co., O. Two children, both b. in Freedom: 

7-291. Edwin Garrit, b. Dec. 17, 1831 ; res. 1873, Vassar, Tuscola 

Co., Mich. ; m. 
7-292. Henry Rhoads, b. June 30, 1833 ; res. 1873, Freedom, O. ; m. 

6-115. Lorenzo Dawson, farmer, b. in Danby, N. Y., 

Oct. 18, 1815, d. in Newville, De Kalb Co., Ind., June 4, 

i870,aged 55. Hem. ist. Oct. 10, 1839, Emeline Case, dau. 

of Ira Case. She was b. in Vernon, O., July 12, 1819, and d. 

in Newville, Ind., Feb. 27, i860, aged 41. They had seven 

children : 

7-293. Julia Maria, b. in Vernon, O., Oct. 8, 1840, d. Feb. 7, i860. 

7-294. Albert .Addison, b. in Fowler, O., Jan. 4, 1842, res. 1870, Con- 
cord, Ind. ; OT. 

7-295. Ursula Amelia, b. in Concord, Ind., Dec. 20, 1845, res. 1870, 
Concord. Hamilton. 

7-296. Pliiletus P., b. in Concord, June 3, 1848, res. 1870, Newville. 

7-297. Viola S., b in Concord, Jan. 11, 1855, d. Sept. 11, i860. 

7-298. Clarence, b. in Newville, Ind., May 20, 1858, d. Nov. 15, i860. 

7-299. Florence C, ttein sister of Clarence. 

Mr. Dawson m. ad., Feb. 14, 1861, Catharine Augusta 

Headley, dau. of Joseph Headley. She was b. in Bazetta, O., 

March g, 1819, and res. 1870, in Newville. 

6-116. Angeline Dawson, b. in Fowler, O., July 15, 1817, 
m. in Fowler, March, i, 1838, John Jackson, grocer and 

■ Son of Samuel Doud, farmer (b. in Burlington, Conn., Dec. i, 1781, A. in 
Vienna, Trumbull Co., O., July 24, i849),and w. Lois Garrit (b. in Canton, Conn., 
Feb. 17, 1779, i. in Fowler, O., Feb. 25, 1861), m. in Canton, Jan. i, 1800; gr. 
son of Ezra Doud. 

96 The Dawson Fatnily. 

farmer, b. July 15, 1810. They res. 1873, '" New Bedford, 
Lawrence Co., Pa. Two children, both b. in Bazetta, O. : 

7-300. Charlotte, b. Jan. 21, 1839, res. 1870, Pittsburg, Pa. Scott. 
7-301. John, b. Feb. 2, 1849, res. 1870, New Bedford, Pa. 

6-117. Emeline Dawson^ b. in Fowler, O., Dec. 28, 1818, 
m. in Freedom, O., Jan. 8, 1840, Gilbert Buchanan 
Walker, farmer, who was b. in Knox, Jefferson Co., O., 
Dec. I, 1816. They res. 1873, in Bazetta, Trumbull Co., O. 
Six children, all b. in Bazetta : 

7-302. Margaret, b. May 31, 1841, d. in Bazetta, Nov. 1, 1862, a. 21. 
7-303. Ira Rhoads, b. Sept. 19, 1842. 
7-304. William Breedon, b. March 7, 1845. 
7-305. Gilbert Dawson, b. April 18, 1852. 
7-306. Charlotte Elizabeth, b. May 19, 1856. 
7-307. James Addison, b. Feb. 20, 1858. 

6-119. RoDOLPHUs Dawson, b. in Fowler, O., March 27, 
1822, m. in Fowler, May 3, 1855, Adaltne Charlotte H'tll^ who 
was b. in Harwinton, Conn., Nov. 4, 1828. They res. 1873, 
in Linwood, Butler Co., Nebraska. They have had six chn. : 

7-308. Charlotte Clarissa, b. in Macomb, McDonough Co., III., April 

13, 1856. 
7-309. Daniel Gaius, b. in Macomb, 111., June 26, 1858. 
7-310. Estella Maria, b. in Macomb, Feb. 13, i860. 
7-31 1. Mary Eliza, b. in Macomb, May 25, 1862. 
7-312. Alvaretta V., b. in Lucas Co., Iowa, Dec. 7, 1863. 
7-313. Benjamin Franklin, b. in Smyrna, Clark Co., Iowa, Feb. 1;, 

1869, d. in Smyrna, April 6, 1869. 

6-120. Addison Dawson, farmer, b. in Fowler, O., May 
21, 1825, m. in Fowler, June 18, 1862, Catharine Rhoads,^ v/ho 
was b. in Fowler, Feb. 4, 1833. They res. 1873, in Fowler. 
Three children, all b. in that place : 
7-314. Florence Adele, b. Aug. 31, 1864. 
7-315. Frank Eugene, b. Jan. 16, 1866. 
7-316. Edward Everett, b. Nov. 16, 1869. 

6-121. Pembroke Dawson, farmer, b. in Fowler, O., Feb. 
3, 1828, m. in Fowler, Oct. 24, 1850, Marinda Sigler^ who 

* Dau. of Neeham Gushing Rhoads, farmer, fb. in Cazenovia, N. Y., April 13, 
1806, res. 1870, in Fowler, O.), and w. Elizabeth White Campbell (b. in Sadsoury, 
Crawford Co., Pa., Nov. 6, 1S09, d. in Fowler, July 25, 1850), m. in Sadsbury, 
Feb. 23, 183 1 ; gr. dau. of Jonathan Rhoads, farmer, (b. June 5, 1771, d. in Pa ,) ; 
gt. gr. dau. of John Rhoads (see 5-25, n. l). 

» Dau. of Uriel Sigler, farmer, one of the first settlers of Fowler, O. (b. in Tyring- 

The Dawson Family. 97 

was b. in Fowler, Dec. 21, 1827. They res. 1873, in P'owler. 
Two children, both b. in that place : 
7-317- Isabel, b. April 14, 1852. 
7-318. Arturo, b. Jan. 15, 1857. 

6-132. Marvin Fuller, farmer, b. in Danby, N. Y., Nov. 
24, 1828, m. in Candor, N. Y., Dec. 30, 1850, Agnes Horton., 
who was b. in Otsego Co., N. Y., 1826. He was three years 
in the U. S. army (volunteer service), during the civil war, and 
was several times wounded, though not severely. They res. 
1870, in Candor, N. Y. One child : 
7-319. George Burton, b. in Wilseyville, N. Y., Jan. i, 1852. 

6-133. Jacob Cornwell Fuller, farmer, b. in Danby, 
N. Y., Jan. 9, 1830, m. Lydia Jane Whitley, who was b. in 
Ulysses, N. Y., April 3, 1833. They res. 1870, in Candor, 


6-134. John Stubbs Fuller, farmer, b. in Caroline, N. Y., 
Oct. 22, 1831, m. in Green Co., Pa., May, 1851, wid. Sarah 
Jane Rhineheart, maiden name Armstrong, who wash. Feb. 14, 
18 16. They res. 1870, in Greene Co., Pa. 

6-135. Alexander Fuller, b. in Caroline, N. Y., Sept. 
18, 1833, was in the Confederate army, and d. in that service 
about 1863. He m. Sarah Jane Paget (or Patchin) who res. 
1869, in Ralph, Pulaski Co., Mo. Two children : 
7-320. John Burton, b. about 1859. 
7-321. Martha. 

6-136. Sarah Jane Fuller, b. in Caroline, N. Y., June 30, 
1835, m. 1st. in Danby, N. Y., Dec. 17, 1856, Tunis Spear, 
who d. Jan. 1857; ^d. in Candor, N. Y., May 1858, Stephen 
Rice. They res. 1870, in Tioga Centre, N. Y., and have 
two children : 

7-322. Charles Burton, b. in Ithaca, N. Y., July 10, 1859. 
7-323. Elizabeth, b. in Spencer, N. Y., July 2,' 1867. 

6-137. Phebe Martha Fuller, b. in Caroline, N. Y., Aug. 
25, 1837, m. in Little Meadows, Pa., May 29, 1858, William 

ham, Berkshire Co., Mass., June 28, 1794, d. Fowler, O., May 11, 1854), and w. 
Isabel Hall, (b. in Granville, Hampden Co., Mass., July 10, 1799, d. in Fowler, 
July zz, 1858), m. in Fowler, Nov. 20, 1817. 


98 'The Dawson Family. 

Frederick Rhoads, who was b. in Ulysses, N. Y., March 

4, 1824. Four children, all b. in Ithaca, N. Y. : 

7-324. Ann Eliza, b. May 29, 1859. 

7-32;. George Burton, b. April, 1861. 

7-326. IVIyron Jones, b. March, 1 863. 

7-327. Harriet Van Order, b. — 1865. 

6-138. Robert Cornwell Fuller, b. in Caroline, N. 
Y., July 16, 1839, m. 1st. in Farmer, N. Y., Jan. 12, 1863, 
JuUa Arnee., b. July 4, 1835, d. — ; 2d. in Owego, N. Y., 
Sept. 12, 1869, Mary Brink^ b. 185 1. They res. 1870, in 
Waverly, N. Y. He was in the U. S. Army (volunteer ser- 
vice) three years during civil war ; was severely wounded in the 
foot, and permanently crippled. 

6-139. Alvah Bogardus Fuller, b. in Caroline, N. Y., 
Nov. 21, 1841, m. in Enfield, N. Y., April 18, 1869, Cornelia 
Lanier a Newman^ b. Nov. 9, 1834. They reside, 1870, in 
Candor, N. Y. He was three years in the U. S. army (109th 
Regt. N. Y. Vols.) during the civil war ; was severely wounded 
in the leg, and permanently crippled. 

6-140. Charles Clapp Fuller, b. in Caroline, N. Y,, 
Oct. 15, 1844, m. in Brownsville, Pa., Dec. 29, 1867, Mary 
Ann Davidson, b. in Greene Co., Pa., Feb. 29, 1844. He 
served three years in the U. S. army (volunteer service) during 
the civil war. They res. 1873, '" Cumberland township, 
Greene Co., Pa. Two children, b. in that township : 
7-328. Elizabeth Lucinda, b. Aug. 29, 1868. 
7-329. Rose Ella, b. Oct. 28, 1870. 

6-141. Mary Elizabeth Fuller, b. in Caroline, N. Y., Oct. 
31, 1846, m. in Brownsville, Pa., Aug. 19, 1865, William 
Franklin Franks, b. in Fayette Co., Pa., Aug. 16, 1838, 
where they res. 1873. He served four years and two months 
in the Union army during the civil war, and was some time a 
prisoner at Andersonville. Three children : 
7-330. Ulysses Grant, b. May 29, 1867. 
7-331. Nelson Isaac, b. May 15, 1870. 
7-332. Eli, b. Sept. 29, 1872. 

7-1. John W. Carpenter, b. at Schodack, N. Y., Oct. 
14, 1836, m. Nov. 27, 1861, Caroline S. Huyck, who was b. 

T^he Dawson Faintly. 99 

at Coeymans, Feb. 26, 1836. They res. 1873, at Schodack. 
Three children : 

8-1. [Carpentfr.] Mary Kate, b. Jan. 12, 1863. 

8-2. Christina Louise, b. April 17, 1865, d. Oct. 21, 1870. 

8-3. Walter J., b. Aug. 23, 1871. 

7-2. Catharine Elizabeth Carpenter, b. at Schodack, N. Y., 
Nov. 8, 1841, m. Isaac N. Smith, who was b. at Schodack, 
Jan. 26, 1835. They res. at Schodack. Four children : 

8-4. Elva C, b. Oct. 13, 1 86 1. 

8-5. Georgiana, b. July 3, 1864, d. Feb. 6, 187 I. 

8-6. Hattie, b. Dec. 24, 1866. 

8-7. John N., b. Dec. 23, 1871. 

7-25. Benajah Hervey Douglass, b. in New Hartford, 
Conn., Oct. 6, 1817, m. in New Haven, April 15, 1840, 
Decia Diana Wilmot, who was b. in Milford, Ct., Feb. 21, 
1 818, a sister of Martha Wilmot, w. of William H. Dawson 
(6—33). He is a manufacturing confectioner and merchant, of 
firm of B. H. Douglass & Sons, New Haven. They res. 
1873, in New Haven, and have had six chn., all b. in that city : 
8-8. George Walter, b. April 2, 1841, d. in New Haven, April 11, 

1870, a. 29 ; »/.' 
8-9. John Francis, b. May 18, 1844, res. 1873, in New Haven ; unm. 
8-10. Frederick Fowler, b. April 5, 1847, res. 1873, in New Haven ; 

8-n. Anna Amanda, b. June 19, 1850, d. in Aiken, S. C, Dec. 17, 

i86g, a. 19. 
8-12. Benajah Holt, b. Nov. 28, 1857. 
8-13. Henry Wilmot, b. Nov. 23, 1859, d. abt. Jan. 25, i860, a. 9 wks. 

7-26. Sarah Ann Douglass, b. in New Hartford, Conn., 
Sept. 13, 1819, m. 1st. April 24, 1848, Vinus Alling (his 
third w.). He was b. in Hamden, Ct., Aug. 24, 18 19, and d. 
in Westville, Ct., Sept. 30, i860, aged 41. They had one ch. : 
8-14. Jennie Lind, b. in Westville, July 23, 1856. 

Mrs. Ailing m. 2d. April 18, 1867, Jerome Way, farmer, 
b. in New Milford, Ct., Jan. 14, 1807, son of Jared Way. 
They res. 1873, '" Durham, Ct. No children. 

■ 7-28. Chester Holt Douglass, confectioner, b. in New 
Hartford, Ct., June 25, 1823, m. in Westville, Ct., Dec. 12, 

■ He was in the U. S. service during thecivil war — a private in 15th Regt. Conn. 
Inf. vols. ; m. Aug. 17, 1862, Emma Ward Rodgcri, b. in Meriden, Ct., Nov. 30, 
1843, dau. of Wm. Rodgcrs. No issue. 

loo The Dawson Family. 

1847, EU7.a Ann Ailing^ who was b. in Westville, Feb. 6, 1830, 

dau. of Villus Ailing (7-26). They res. 1873, in Norwalk, Ct. 

Four children, all b. in New Haven : 

8-15. [Douglass.] Caroline Adelia, b. Jan. 6, 1849. 

8-16. Emily Frances, b. Feb. iz, 1851, d. in New Haven, Jan. 11, 

8-17. Mary Eliza, b. Sept. 18, 1852. 
8-18. Frank Spencer, b. June 6, 1855, d. in Norwalk, May 20, 1872. 

T-29. Eli7.a Henrietta Douglass, b. in New Hartford, Ct., 
Dec. 17, 1825, m. in Meriden, Ct., April 4, 1852, Benjamin 
HuLBERT Roberts, manufacturer of Britannia ware, son of 
Elijah Roberts. They res. 1873, '" Meriden, Ct. Three 
children, all b. in Middletown, Ct. : 
8-19. Emilv Munroe, b. Ian. 25, 1853. 
8-20. Willie Benjamin, b". Dec. 16, 1858. 
8-21. Burton Douglass, b. June 24, 1863. 

7-30. William Bradley Douglass, b. in New Hartford, 
Ct., Nov. 10, 1828, m. in New Haven, Oct. 28, 1850, ^or/Z.'d! 
Horton^ who was b. in Bristol, Ct., April 12, 1830. They 
res. 1873, '" New Haven ; two children, both b. in that city : 
8-22. Charles Alfred, b. Aug. 29, 1852. 
8-23. Burritt Morton, b. Nov. 30, 1857. 

7-31. Rev. Solomon Johnson Douglass, b. in New Hart- 
ford, Ct., Oct. 3, 1834. He entered Yale College in 1853, 
after pursuing a preparatory course under direction of Rev. 
Samuel H. Eliot, in Westville, graduating at Yale in 1857, ^f'^'' 
which he studied in Yale Theological Seminary. He was 
licensed to preach by the New Haven West Association, and 
was ordained and installed pastor of the Congregational church 
in Sherman, Conn., Oct. 14, 1863. He resigned his charge, 
on account of impaired health, July, 1867, since which time he 
has resided in New Haven. He m. in New Haven, Oct. 6, 
1863, Mary Elliot,- who was b. in Brattleboro, Vt., Sept. 20, 
1835. They have two children : 
8-24. Eliot Chester, b. in Sherman, July 19, 1864. 
8-25. Anna Sophia, b. in New Haven, March 21, 1870. 

■ Dau. of Alfred Horton (b. in Wolcott, Ct., Dec. 3, 1803, d. in New Haven, 
April 26, 18^8), and w. Julia Ann Norton (b. in Bristol, April 8, 1807), m. in 
Bristol, July 7, 182S. 

= Dau. of S.imucl liUiot (judge of Probate and associate judge of County Court) 
and w. Sopliia Flint. 

The Dawson Family. loi 

7-34. William Holt Johnson, b. in Orange, Ct., Oct. 
19, 1828, manufacturer of carriage trimmings. He served 
nearly four years in the Union army, during the civil war, having 
enlisted Sept. 7, 1861, in Co. E., 7th Conn. Inf. Vols., was 
promoted sergeant 17th of same month, and made first sergeant, 
Sept. I, 1862. He was discharged Dec. 21, 1863, by reason 
of reenlistment as a veteran volunteer, was commissioned ist 
lieutenant March 10, 1865, and finally discharged at the close 
of the war, July 20, 1865. He participated in engagements at 
Port Royal, Pulaski, James Island, St. John's Bluff, Pocotaligo, 
Morris Island, Fort Wagner, Drury's Bluffs, Bermuda Hundred, 
Fort Fisher, and the capture of Wilmington, N. C, besides 
numerous minor engagements. In the battle of Bermuda 
Hundred he was severely wounded in the side. He m. in New 
Haven, Dec. 5, 1855, Hannah Jerusha Shew,^ who was b. in 
Utica, N. Y., Jan. 13, 1834. They res. 1873, in New Haven. 
They have had four children : 

8-26. William Arthur, b. in New Haven, Feb. 26,1856, d. Aug. 16, 1856. 
8-27. Mary Teresa, b. in New Haven, [uly 27, 1859. 
8-28. Lillian Estelle, b. in Wallingford, Oct. 25, i860. 
8-29. Charles Stone, b. in New Haven, July 22, l869,d. Sept. 5, 1869. 

7-36. James Calaway, b. in New Hartford, Ct., July 24, 
18x9, m. in Ashtabula, O., Sept. 30, 1840, Rebecca Fitz 
Gerald,^ who was b. in Austinburg, O., July 4, 1817. They 
res. 1871, in Ashtabula, and have had four children : 
8-30. Hester Ann, b. Feb. 5, 1842, d. May 21, 1849. 
8-31. James Wilson, b. Jan. 22, 1844. 
8-32. flenry Fayette, b. Sept. 20, 1847. 
8-33. Carrie Eliza, b. July 16, 1850, d. Sept. 8, 1865. 

7-37. William Holt Calaway, b. in New Hartford, Ct., 
Sept. 30, 1821, m. in Medina Co., O., July 15, 1850, Helen 
Alar Teft^ who was b. in Monroe Co., Mich., July 26, 1833. 
They res. 1 87 1, in Ashtabula, O. Two children, both b. in 
Saybrook, O. : 

8-34. Mary Josephine, b. Feb. 4, 1853. 
8-35. Effie .'\manda, b. Aug. 30, 1863. 

* Dau. of Jacob Shew and his w. Betsey Minerva Scone. 

= Dau. of Edmond Fitz Gerald, one of the first settlers in Austinburg, O., (b. in 
Saybrook, Ct., July lo, 1779, d. in Watcrford, Pa., 1829), and w. Mindwell 
Humphrey (b. in B.irkhamstcad, Ct., Oct. 6, 1779, d. in Austinburg, O., Feb. 
10, 1849), m in Barkhamstcad, j8oi j gr. dau. of Ambrose and Rebecca Chub 
Humphrey, both b. in Barkhamstead, m. there, and d. in Austinburg, O. 

I02 T^he Dawson Family. 

7-39. Mary Jane Calaway^ b. in Austinburg, 0., July 9, 
1826, m. in Geneva, O., March i, 1846, Harden Chauncey 
Williams, b. in Mendon, Monroe Co., N. Y., Jan. 28, 1823. 
They res. 1 87 1 , in Geneva, Ashtabula Co., O. Two children, 
both b. in Geneva : 

8-36. Sarah C, b. April 25, 1847. Stone. 
8-37. Albert C, b. Aug. 5, 1848. 

7-42. Orestes Hawley Calaway, b. in Austinburg, O., 
May 16, 1833, m. in Ashtabula, O., Aug. 14, 1862, Mary 
yennette Thayer, vf\\o was b. in Ashtabula, Sept. 6, 1840. 
They res. 1871, in Saybrook, O. Two children, both b. in 
Saybrook : 

8-38. Etta Louisa, b. Aug. 8, 1864. 
8-39. Henry Edward, b. March 19, 1866. 

7-44. Eliza Calaway, h. in Austinburg, O., Sept. 25, 1839, 
m. in Jefferson, O., April 14, 1856, Joseph Brett, who was 
b. in Geneva, O., May 14, 1826. They res. 1871, in Geneva, 
and have three children : 
8-40. Harriet, b. in Lodi, Wis., Aug. 12, 1858. 
8-41. Abbie, b. in Geneva, O., March 4, 1861. 
8-42. Bertha, b. in Geneva, July 2, 1S69. 

7-45. Emily Irene Calaway, b. in Saybrook, O., April 24, 
1841, m. in Jefferson, O., Oct. 26, 1859, William Stone, 
who was b. in Evans, Erie Co., N. Y., Aug. 13, 1836. They 
res. 1871, at Tittabawassee (Jay P. O.) Saginaw Co., Mich., 
and have one child : 
8-43 Ida, b. in Evans, N. Y., July 3, 1861. 

7-46. Henry Shepard Morse, joiner, b. in Austinburg, 
O., April 9, 1827, d. July 27, 1872, in Olney, 111., m. in 
Homer, N. Y., June 11, 1852, Martha Sophia Stewart, who 
was b. in Homer, Dec. 3, 1826. She res. 1873, '" Olney. 
Five children : 

8-44. Walter Stewart, b. in Macon, Geo., March 26, 1853. 
8-45. Anna jcnnette, b. in Lexington, Geo., April 8, 1855. 
8-46. Henry Irving, b. in Lincoln Co., Geo., June I, 1857. 
8-47. Martha Ellio't, b. in Lincoln Co., Geo., Aug. 30, 1858. 
8-48. Clara Minnie May, b. in Olney, 111., Aug. 30, 1863. 

7-47. Elizabeth Jennette Morse, b. in Vienna, Oneida Co., 
N. Y., Sept. 29, 1833, m. in New Haven, Ct., May 17, i860, 

The Dawson Family. 103 

John Woodruff Catlin,' who was b. in Harwinton, Ct. 
Dec. 30, 1832. They res. 1873, '" West Haven, Ct., and 
have one child : 
8-49. Jennie Dawson, b. in West Haven, July 14, 1863. 

7-48. Adelaide Theresa Morse, b. in Orange, Ct., March 5, 
1840, m. in West Haven, Ct., April 25, 1872, Rollin W. 
Neale, b. in Southington, Ct., Dec. 7, 1828, son of Jeremiah 
and Charlotte Hills Neale, now of Plainville, Ct. They res. 
1873, '" Southington. 

7-49. William Henry Dawson, b. in New Haven, Ct., 
Sept. 10, 1835, m. in Troy, N. Y., May 1859, Antoinette Pierce, 
and d. in Westville, Ct., May 9, 1865. They had one child : 

8-50. William Henry, b. in Brooklyn, N. Y., March, 1863, d. Nov. 

7-51. Edward Walter Dawson, lawyer, b. in New 
Haven, Ct., Nov. 20, 1840. He graduated at Washington 
Institute, in the town of Orange, Ct., and pursued his legal 
studies in Milford and Westville, while teaching school, and 
also in the Law Department of Yale College. During the second 
year of his attendance at the law school, he entered the law 
office of the Hon. Luzon B. Morris, with whom he remained 
until admitted to the bar. 

To his efforts in the years 1868, 1869, and subsequently, 
are largely due the introduction and growth of the Order of the 
Knights of Pythias in New England. He was elected, in 1869, 
grand chancellor of the Order in Connecticut, and deputy 
grand chancellor for New England. The second lodge of 
the Order organized in his native state (the Dawson lodge. Fair 
Haven, Dec. 17, 1868), was named in his honor. He has also 
been prominently identified with Odd Fellowship and Masonry, 
being, in 1869, W. M. of Hiram Lodge No. i, of New Haven 
(Masonic), said to be " the oldest lodge in the United States, 
save one."^' He has recently made a trip to Europe for the 
benefit of his health, spending some months in Italy. Since his 

* Son of Lewis and Anna Catlin Catlin. 

■ Sec sketcii and portrait in The Knight's Armor : a History of the Early Origin of 
the Order of the Knights of Pythias, and Review of its Principles. By H. K. Shackle- 
ford, New Haven : 1869, pp. 173. 

I04 T^he Dawson Family. 

return he has published The Castle of the Three Mysteries, a 
translation, by himself, of an Italian historical romance of the 
seventeenth century.' He has also published an entertaining 
volume of travel, entitled Benedict's Watiderings.'^ 

He m. in New Haven, Jan. 30, 1865, Alice Augusta Smith, 
who was b. in New Haven, Aug. 15, 1846, dau. of Willis M. 
Smith, Esq., of New Haven. They res. 1873, '" New Haven, 
and have two children, both b. in that city : 
8-51. Mary Lilia, b. Aug. 7, 1865. 
8-52. Howard Park, b. July 2, 1869. 

7-52. George Wallace Dawson, professor of music 
(pianist), b. in New Haven, Oct. 9, 1842, m. in New York 
city, Feb. 5, 1866, Julia A. Ackerman, who was b. in Windsor 
Locks, Ct., 1845. One child : 

8-53. Geneva Ernestine, b. in New Haven, Feb., 1868. 

7-53. Franklin Tuttle Dawson, b. in New Haven, 
July 15, 1844, fruit farmer and manufacturer of domestic wines ; 
served six months in the civil war as a private in Company A, 
of the 27th regiment Conn. Vols. He m. in Westville, Ct., 
Nov. 6, 1872, Nellie Peck, dau. of L. W. Peck, of that place. 
They reside at Westville. 

7-57. Sidney Holt Dawson, merchant, b. in New Haven, 
Oct. 27, 1842, m. in New Haven, Oct. 10, 1871, Sophie L. 
Pierce. They res. 1873, '" New Haven. One child: 

8-54. Henry Shepard, b. in New Haven, June 22, 1872. 

7-58. Augustus Edward Dawson, b. in New Haven, 
Ct., Feb. 20, 1844, m. in that city, Aug. 25, 1873, Katie J. 
Guay. They res. in New Haven. 

7-68. Fanny Dawson, b. in Licking county, Ohio, Jan. 7, 
1845, m. Jan. 6, 1862, Lawrence Huff, who was b. Nov. 6, 
1837. They res. 1873, Condit, O. Two children : 
8-55. Nellie D., b. Nov. 21, 1868. 
8-56. Frank, b. May 28, 1870. 

• New Haven : C. C. Chatfield and Co. : 1S72. 

' BeneJicl's fVanJe,h,gs in Ireland, Scotland, Italy and Sicily, by Edward W. 
Dawson. New Haven: George H. Richmond and Co., 44a Chapel St. 1S73. 12 
mo, pp. 566. 

The Dawson Family. 105 

7-69. Chloe Dawson., b. in Licking county, Ohio, Jan. 14, 
1848, m. Sept. II, 1869, Allen Wilson, who was b. April 
23, 1844. They res. 1873, Condit, O. One child: 
8-57. Inah Delle. b. Sept. 15, 1870. 

7-70. Merit Dawson Smith, b. in Northford, Ct., June 
II, 1837, m. Lucy C. Wright., May 18, 1857. She was b. in 
Winton, Ct., Aug. 7, 1840. They res. 1871, in Wallingford, 
Ct. Three children, all b. in Wallingford : 

8-58. Charles Luzerne, b. Sept. 24, 1859. 
8-59. William Henry, b. Oct. 3, 1861. 
8-60. Mary Ruth, b. Oct. 3, 1 864. 

7-72. Henry Augustus Rogers, b. in Chenango Forks, 
N. Y., April 30,1821, m. ist. Jan. 5, 1842, Emma IFillard, 
who was b. in Chenango Forks, March 19, 1821, and d. in 
Albany, N. Y., April 17, 1865, aged 44. They had three 
children, all b. in Chenango Forks : 

8-61. Harriet Eliza, b. May 9, 1843, res. 1873, in Chenango Forks. 

8-62. Helen Mary, b. Nov. 8, 1845, res. 1873, Newark Valloy, N. Y. 

8-63. Grace Meloy, b. Jan. 28, 1848, res. 1873, Hornellsville, N. Y. 


Mr. Rogers m. 2d. Feb. 8, 1866, Harriet A. Ells. They 
res. 1873, in Chenango Forks, of which place he is postmaster. 

7-73. Theodore Simeon Rogers, merchant, b. in Chenango 
Forks, N. Y., Oct. 14, 1824, m. in Chenango Forks, Sept. 10, 
1 85 1, Harriet Nacissa Johnson,^ b. in Manchester, Vt., Dec. 
31, 1827, d. on board the steamer Arctic, on Lake Superior, 
Sept. 16, 1 87 1, aged 44. They had five children, all b. in 
Chenango P'orks, where Mv. R. was formerly postmaster and 
merchant. He res. 1873, '" Binghamton, N. Y. 
8-64. Charles Hatch, b. June 21, 1853, d. in Chenango Forks, Aug. 

29, 1853. 
8-65. George Tracy, b. July 9, 1854. 

' Dau. of Rev. Leonard Johnson, who officiated at hermarriage ; sister of Dr. L. 
M. Johnson (7-98)- Rev. L. J. was b. in Chester, Vt., Nov. 9, 1798; graduated 
at Amherst College; some time a resident of Binghamton, N. Y , afterward stated 
supply of the Congregational church at Chenango Forks, then at Triangle ; died Aug. 
21, 1858. He m. March 18, 1827, Harriet N. Hatch, who was b. in Cavendish, 
Vt., March 25, 1807. 


io6 The Dwwson Fatuily. 

8-66. [Rogers.] Frederick Theodore, b. April i i, 1857, d. in Chenango 

Forks, Jan. 27, 1859. 
8-67. Chittenden Hatch, b. June 25, 1859. 
8-68. John Barker, b. April 14, 1865. 

7-74. Mary Ann Rogers^ b. in Greene, N. Y., April 17, 
1826, m. in Chenango Forks, N. Y., Aug. 16, 1846, Langley 
FuLLAGER, who was b. in Kent, England, Sept. 11, 18 17. He 
is cashier of the Lake Shore Bank, Dunkirk, N. Y., where they 
reside (1873). They have four children : 
8-69. Elizabeth Kate, b. in Chenango Forks, July 14, 1848. 
8-70. Mary Langley, b. in Chenango Forks, March 29, 1854. 
8-71. Hattie Carrie, b. in Dunkirk, July 2, i860. 
8-72. Guy Kent, b. in Dunkirk, Aug. 7, 1870. 

7-75. Norman Stevens Rogers, merchant, express agent, 
etc., b. in Chenango Forks, N. Y., Oct. 3, 1828, m. Aug. 31, 
1852, Eri%a Thomas^ who was b. in Norwich, N. Y., April 
10, 1831. They res. 1873, '" Chenango Forks, and have five 
children : 

8-73. Anna Carrie, b. in Chenango Forks, July 26, 1853. 
8-74. William Thomas, b. in Lisle, N. Y.,"june 5, 1856. 
8-75. Henry Martin, b. in Carbon Cliff, 111., Feb. 14, i860. 
8-76. Lida Reed, b. in Chenango Forks, Feb. 14, 1865. 
8-77. Hattie Meloy, b. in Chenango Forks, Jan. 5, 1869. 

7-76. Julia Eliza Rogers, b. in Chenango Forks, N. Y., 
Oct. 30, 1830, m. Sept. 18, 1849, James Hagaman, farmer, 
who was b. in Greene, N. Y., Dec. 11, 1819. They res. 
1873, in Chenango Forks. Five children, all b. in that place : 
8-78. Mary Diana, b. March 21, 1851, d. in Chenango Forks, July 

21, 1852. 
8-79. John Barker, b. April 2, 1852. 
8-80. Julia Rogers, b. Nov. g, 1855. 
8-81. Judith Birdsall, b. Nov. 1, 1863. 
8-82. Langley Fullager, b. March 7, 1867, d. in Chenango Forks, 

March 13, 1871. 

7-79. George William Rogers, railway conductor, b. in 
Chenango Forks, N. Y., Oct. 14, 1838, m. ist, April, 1854, 
Zone Knapp, who d. March 4, 1864. No children. He m. 
2d, Sept. 21, 1864, Lida Jane Reed, who was b. in Wolcott, 
N. Y., Oct. 28, 1843. They res. 1873, Binghamton, N. Y. 
One child : 
8-83. George Worthy, b. in Unadilla, N. Y., Feb. 19, 1868. 

The Dawson Family. 1 07 

Mr. and Mrs. Rogers have, also, an adopted son : 
Charles Augustus, b. Jan. 6, 1867. 

7-82. William Augustus Meloy, lawyer, b. in Chenango 
Forks, N. Y.jAug. 26, 1832, graduated at Yale College, New 
Haven, 1854, and for some years past has been successfully 
engaged in the practice of his profession at Washington, D. C. 
He m. in Washington, Dec. 16, 1868, Mrs. Emily Josepha 
Steuart, who was b. in Washington, July 2, 1841.' They res. 
1873, ^'^ " Brookland," near Muirkirk Station, Md. Two 
children : 

8-84. Edith VVillard, b. in Washington, D. C, Oct. 8, 1869. 
8-85. Isabella Rittenhouse, b. at "Brookland," April 15, 1871. 

7-83. John Willard Meloy, merchant, b. in Chenango 
Forks, N. Y., Sept. 8, 1834, m. in Ellicottville, N. Y., Frances 
Abigail IFilliams^- viho y/dL% b. in Ellicottville, Sept. 19, 1835. 
They res. 1873, '" Portville, Cattaraugus Co., N. Y. Four 

8-86. Frances, b. in Ellicottville, April 4, 1863. 
8-87. Frederica, b. in Ellicottville, Dec. 8, 1864. 
8-88. Mary, b. in Portville, Aug. 12, 1866. 
8-89. John Earl, b. in Portville, June 14, 1871. 

7-84. Samuel Henry Meloy, b. in Chenango Forks, N. 
Y., Sept. 8, 1836, m. in Washington, D. C, Oct. 11, 1870, 
Anna Isabella Nourse, who was b. in Washington, Nov. 2, 1852, 
sister of Emily, wife of Wm. A. Meloy (7-82). They res. 
1873, in Washington, where he occupies a responsible clerk- 
ship in the U. S. Treasury. One child : 
8-90. Arthur Nourse, b. in Washington, March 8, 1872. 

7-86. Anna Meloy, b. in Chenango, N. Y., Aug. 8, 1 841, 
m. in Ellicottville, N. Y., Nov. 30, 1865, George Mil- 

' Wid. of Alex. S. Steuart, dau. of William and Uahclla Bund Nourse, of Wash- 

' Dau. of Dr. Thomas Jones Williams (b. in Middlcfield, N. Y., April 29, 1S06) 
and w. Abigail Perkins Day (b. in Providence, R. I., Aug. 4, 1813) m. in Ellicott- 
ville, April 20, 1831, where they res. 1871 ; gr. dau. of Evander Williams (b. in 
Brooklyn, Ct., Oct., 1782, d. in Ellicottville, N. Y., Feb., 1857) and w Abigail 
Jones (b. in Middlefield, N. Y., 1786, d. in La Crosse, Wis., 1857) m. in Middle- 
tield, 1805. Abigail Perkins Day was the dau. of Israel Day (b. in Killingly, Ct., 
May 29, 1783, d. in Ellicottville, May 4, 1852), and w. Mary Perkins (b. in Ash- 
ford, Ct., March 5, 1790), m. in Ashford, June 21, 1809. 

io8 The Dawson Family. 

FORD Rider,' who was b. in Trenton, N. Y., Sept. 15, 1844. 
They res. 1873, at Ellicottville, N. Y. Two children : 
8-91. Charlotte Christiana, b. in Ellicottville, Nov. 10, 1866. 
8-91^. Milford Willard, b. in Ellicottville, Nov. 13, 1872. 

7-87. Charles Frederick Meloy, b. in Barlcer, N. Y., 
Dec. 17, 1843, m. in Arcade, N. Y., Sept. 22, 1869, Caroline 
Antoinette Hitchcock, who was b. in China, N. Y., Oct. 28, 
1841, dau. of Orange and Mercy Hitchcock. They res. 1873, 
in Attica, N. Y., where he is editor and publisher of The Attica 
JVeekly News. He was formerly editor and publisher of The 
True Patriot., newspaper, at Cuba, N. Y. They have one ch. : 
8-92. Grace, b. in Wyoming, Wyoming Territory, June 30, 1871. 

7-91. Theodore Richmond, lawyer, b. in Jefferson, O., 
March 2, 1837 ; educated at the Baptist University, Lewis- 
burg, Pa. ; m. at Navarre, O., Jan. 21, 1862, Harriet Bur- 
gert.^ who was b. at Massillon, Stark Co., O., Aug. 17, 1838. 
They removed from Columbus, O., to Athens, McMinn Co., 
Tennessee, 1865, and thence to Chattanooga, Tenn., 1871, 
where they now reside (1873). He is widely known as a lawyer 
of ability and influence, and is very successfully engaged in the 
practice of his profession. They have had four children : 
8-93. Cliarles Burgcrt, b. in Ligonier, Ind., Dec. 3, 1862, d. in Cleve- 
land, O., June 7, 1864. 
8-94. Grace Chestnutwood, b. in Madison, O., Oct. 19, 1864. 
8-95. Theodore Learning, b. in Athens, Tenn., Sept. 17, 1868. 
8-96. Sarah Bessie, b. in Athens, Tenn., Nov. 17, 1870. 

7-92. Amelia Richmond., b. in Stockton, N. Y., June 5, 
1840, m. in Ligonier, Ind., May 12, 1862, Louis Davies 
Thomas,3 dry goods merchant, who was b. in Elkhart Co., 

I Son of Milford Rider (b. in Cheshire, Mass., Aug. lo, 1809), and wife Christiana 
S. Card (b. at Petersburg, N. Y., March 21, 1821), m. in Trenton, N. Y., May 9, 
1841 ; gr. son of Lloyd and Eli'zahcth Alma Rider. 

= Dau. of Adam Burgert, merchant (b. in Bedford Co., Pa, March 15, 1809, 
d. in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 22, 1872'), and w. Sarah Chestnutwood (b. in 
Berks Co., Pa.," Dec. 30, 1811, d. in Athens, Tenn., June 22,1870), m. at 
Massillon. O., Nov. 16, 1S37; gr. dau. of David Burgert (b. at Antietam, Md., 
1763, d. in Paris, Stark Co., O., 1825), and w. Catherine Heffncr (d. in Paris, O., 
Jan., 1854, aged 85, dau. of Benj. Heffner), m. in Franklin Co., Pa. David Bur- 
gert, last named, was son of David Burgert, a native of Bernf, Switzerland, who 
settled in Maryland. Sarah Chestnutwood, above named, was dau. of Abraham and 
Sarah Jones Chestnutwood. 

3 He the first white child b. in Elkhart county, son of Thomas Thomas, the 
first county clerk of that county, incumbent of the office for fourteen years, a soldier 
of the war of 1812. His father's name was also Thomas Thomas, a soldier of the 
Revolution ; son of John Thomas, who came from Wales. The 'maiden name of 
Louis D. Tliomas' mother was Mary Kelly. She was of Irish descent, but b. in Va. 

The Dawso7i Fa?nily. 109 

Ind., May 12, 1830. He was elected, in the fall of 1871, re- 
corder of his native county. They res. 1873,31 Goshen, Ind., 
and have had three children : 
8-97. Frank Warren, b. in Ligonier, March 13, 1863, d. in Goshen, 

Oct. 6, 1864. 
8-98. Caroline Isabella, b. in Goshen, Aug. zi, 1865. 
8-99. Katharine, b. in Goshen, Aug. 17, 1869. 

7-93. Charles Henry Richmond, merchant and dairy 
farmer, b. in Fredonia, N. Y., Dec. 14, 1842, m. in Collamer, 
O., April 2, 1865, Mary Tracy,' who was b. in Granger, 
Medina Co., O., Oct. 19, 1843. They res. 1873, '" Brighton, 
Lorain Co., O. One child : 
8-100. Harriet Tracy, b. in Cleveland, O., Dec. 27, 1867. 

7-94. Grace Adelia Richmond, b. in Warsaw, N. Y., April 
13, 1846, m. July 10, 1864, Harvey Bartholomew,^ drug- 
gist, who was b. in Watertown, N. Y., Feb. 13, 1841. They 
res. 1873, in Ai, Fulton county, O., and have three children: 
8-101. Edith, b. in Lagrange, Fulton Co., O., April 8, 1867. 
8-102. Herbert, b. in Lagrange, |u]y 28, 1869. 
8-103. Frederick, b. in Ai, Dec' I, 1871. 

7-9G. Katherine Richmond, b. in Deposit, N. Y., Dec. 25, 
1850, m. in Goshen, Ind., June 8, 1870, William Edward 
Pooley,3 who was b. June 8, 1845, in Lenawee Co., Mich. 
They res. 1873, in Brighton, Lorain Co., Ohio. One child : 
8-104. Frank Richmond, b. in Goshen, Jan. 7, 1872. 

■ Dau. of Rev. Abel Tracy, a Methodist minister, who d. in Jackson, Mich., 
about 1861. 

= In the U. S. service, with three brothers, during the civil war. He was third 
son and seventh child of Daniel Bartholomew, an early settler of Watertown, N. Y,, 
now of Fulton Co., O., (b. in Augusta, Oneida Co , N. Y., Jan. 19. 1796), and w. 
Sarah Garner Parker (b. in Middletown, Vt., Match 21, 1807), m. Nov. 13, 1828; 
gr. son of Oliver Bartholomew, a soldier of the Revolution 4 years and 3 months, a 
resident of Watertown, N. Y., from 1800 (b. in Branford, Ct., Oct. 20, 1757, d. in 
Watertown, June 18, 1850, aged 93), and w. Hannah Lacy (b. June 23, 1758, d. 
at Watertown, Oct. 3, 1848, aged 90), m. July 6, 1780, lived together 68 years; 
gt. gr. son of Josiah Bartholomew, an early resident of Branford, Ct. Concerning 
his gr. father, Oliver Bartholomew, Mr. H. B. writes ,is follows : " There were but 
three men in or around Watertown when he went there. He was the first to propose 
having religious meetings, and the first of these was held at his house, where a 
Baptist church was organized in 1801." Sarah Garner Parker, above named, was 
dau. of Joseph Parker (b. in Chelsea, Vt., Aug. i, 1762), and w. Lydia Watts, a 
native of Elsted, Vt. Hannah Lacy, above named, was fifth of eleven children of 
Ebenezcr Lacy (b. in Old Milford, Ct., April 19, 1727), and w. Freelan Canfield 
(b. in Conn., Dec. 29, 1726). 

3 Son of Natlian Pooley, farmer and tradesman, (b. in Sufl="olk, England, Feb. 10, 
1822, res. 1871, Goshen, Ind.), and w. Mary Jane Bilby (b. in Trenton, N. J., 

no T^he 'Dawson Family. 

7-97. Julia Anna Keekr, b. in Union, N. Y., Jan. I2, 
1833, m. in Union, Dec. 5, 1855, Charles Bartholomew 
Mercereau,' merchant, who was b. in Union, Feb. 27, 1827. 
They res. 1873, '"^ Fulton, 111., and have two children, both b. 
in that place : 

8-105. Grace Edith, b. Feb. 27, 1863. 
8-106. Catharine Belle, b. Dec. 8, 1869. 

7-98. Adelaide Amelia Keeler^ b. in Union, N. Y., Aug. 20, 
1836, m. in Union, Jan. 10, 1858, Dr. Leonard Melancthon 
Johnson, allopathic physician, who was b. in Le Raysville, Pa., 
Jan. 24, 1830, brother to Harriet N. Johnson, w. of Theodore 
S. Rogers (7-73). He served in the civil war as surgeon to the 
Third Regt. N. Y. Inf. Vols., being for some time stationed 
at Fortress Monroe. He was also one of the surgeons for the 
Confederate sick in the prison camp at Elmira, N. Y. They 
res. 1873, ^^ Greene, N. Y., where he is engaged in the practice 
of his profession. Two children : 
8-107. Siella Tracy, b. in Union, N. Y., Aug. 26, 1861. 
8-1076. Harriette Narcissa, b. at Greene, N. Y., Oct. 3, 1871. 

7-99. Harlan Cephas Dresser, engineer, b. in East 
Otto, Cattaraugus Co., N. Y., Sept. 2, 1843. He enlisted 
Oct. 23, 1861, as a private in company B., Ninth Regt. N. 
Y. Vols. The regiment completed its organization at Albany 
in November, and proceeded to Washington, near which city 
they were encamped until the following spring. A fruitless 
march to Manassas, which was found to be guarded only by a 
few pickets and " quaker guns " (wooden logs in the semblance 

June 19, 1824), m. in Marion, Wayne Co., N. Y., Sept. 25, 1844; gr. son of 
Edward Pooley (b. in England, d. in Am., 1834), and w. Maria Smith (b. in 
Suffolk, England, d. Aug. 25, 1724). 

■Son of Henry Mercere,iu (b. in Union, N. Y., Dec. 4, 1800), and w. Catharine 
Bartholomew (b. in Vestal, N. Y., Aug. i, 1809), m. Nov. 2, 1825 j gr. son of 
Joshua Mercereau, who was b. in Woodbridge, N. J., Oct. 27, 1762, and ni. Dec. 
12, 1784, Keziah Dr Ice (b. May 6, 1769, d. 1842), dau. of Col. Drake, a Rev. 
officer. They removed to Broome Co., N. Y., between 1791 and 1795, where he 
d. 1805. He was a son of John Mercereau, who kept an inn at Woodbridge, N. J., 
famous in his day for his " Hying machines " — a fast line of stages between Phila. 
and New York. These and the inn were conducted jointly by J. M. and his brother 
Joshua, a Rev. officer, afterwards one of the earliest judges of Tioga Co., N. Y. 
These were gr. sons of Joshua Mercereau, who, with other children of Jolin Mer- 
cereau, a Huguenot who d. in France, removed to England 1685, and shortly after 
settled at Staten Island. — See Annah of Binghamton, pp 100-4, 106-8; White- 
head's Ctintrihuiiom to East Jrrsty History, 283-3; also letter of Miss Josephine 
Mercereau, Union, N. Y., to compiler hereof. 

The Dawson Family. 1 1 1 

of cannon) was followed by their return to Washington, whence 
they were ordered to Fortress Monroe, and from thence suc- 
cessively to the ruins of Hampton, Yorktown, West Point, 
White House and again to Washington. After this the regi- 
ment joined Gen. Siegel at Sperryville, Va., moved to Culpepper, 
and participated in the battle of Cedar Mountain. They were 
under fire for three days during Gen. Pope's retreat and the 
second Bull Run battle, and later were quite heavily engaged 
at Berryville, in the Shenandoah valley, all in 1862. Soon 
after the latter battle, Mr. Dresser was taken sick and sent to 
Washington. When sufficiently recovered he was detailed for 
hospital duty until the last of October, 1863, and after a fur- 
lough of two weeks returned to his regiment, November, 1863 ; 
took part in Gen. Meade's Mine Run campaign, and went with 
his regiment into winter quarters near Culpepper. In 1864, he 
participated in the battles of the Wilderness, Todd's Tavern, 
and Spottsylvania, and while on a raid in the rear of Gen. Lee's 
army, went within the outer works of Richmond, and could 
hear the alarm bells of that city giving notice of the approach 
of the Union forces. The regiment then went to Malvern 
Hill, soon after which he was again taken sick, and spent the 
remainder of the three years for which he was enlisted in hos- 
pital at Washington." He m. in Dunkirk, N. Y., March 5, 
1867, Margaret Jnastasia O' Conner, who was b. at Holland 
Landing, C. E., Aug. 25, 1849. They res. 1871, at Dunkirk. 
One child : 
8-108. Ellen, b. in Tidioute, Pa., Sept. 11, 1868. 

T-105. Helena Dawson, b. in Fair Haven, Ct., June 9, 1 850, 
m. in Plymouth, Ct., Sept. 8, 1872, Daniel Rossiter, teacher. 
They res. 1873, '" Plymouth. 

7-109. Clii FORD Dawson Parsons, b. at Broad Brook, 
East Windsor, Conn., Nov. 14, 1838, m. Jan. 2, 1864, iiV/'z^- 
/it'^AZw/««, who was b. in England, Sept. 16,1837. He served 
in the civil war four years and eight months, as a member, suc- 
cessively, of the Third Conn. Vols, and Eighth Conn. Veteran 
Volunteers, participating in the following engagements : Bull 
Run, Roanoke Island, Newbern, siege at Fort Macon, South 

■ See Preicoii Memorial, p. 561. 

112 The Dawson Family. 

Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburgh, siege of Suffolk, and 
the campaign of Gen. Grant in front of Petersburgh and Rich- 
mond, 1864-65. They res. 1873, in Bristol, Conn., and have 
one child : 
8-109. [Parsons.] Norton ClifFord, b. at Broad Brook, Sept. 1, 1866. 

7-110. Arthur Parsons, b. at Broad Brook, East Windsor, 
Conn., Aug. 28, 1840, m. Sept., 1866, Mary E. Spencer, who 
was b. in Houlton, Me., Jan. 18, 1846. He served in the 
civil war, three months in the Third Conn. Vols., and three 
years in the Sixteenth Conn. Vols. They res. 1873, '" Bristol, 
Conn. Two children : 

8-110. Clara May, b. in East Windsor, May 20, 1867. 
8-1 11. Eveline Sybil, b. in Windsorville, Aug. 1, 1871. 

7-111. Charles Russell Perkins, b. in New Hartford, 
Ct., Jan. 25, 1844, m. Jan. 22, 1867, Cairo J. Deyo, who 
was b. at Highland, N. Y., March 2, 1847. They res. 1873, 
in Meriden, Ct. 

7-114. Elizabeth E. BisH'll, b. in East Windsor, Ct., Aug. 
8, 1841, m. Sept. I, 1863, Charles W. Davenport, who 
was b. at New Fane, Vt., Oct. i, 1820. They res. 1873, at 
Broad Brook, East Windsor, Ct. Two children, both b. at 
Broad Brook : 

8-112. Lilla, b. Nov. 23, 1864. 
8-113. Ida May, b. July 23, 1867, d. July 30, 1868. 

7-119. Albert Marshall Sigourney, b. in Bristol, Ct., 
Aug. I, 1850, m. Nov. 24, 1869, M. Ajigie Manross, b. Aug. 
I, 1850. They res. 1873, ^^ Bristol. 

7-122. Mary Esther Evans, b. in Bristol, Ct., Dec. 15, 
1854, m. in Troy, N. Y., Aug. 22, 1872, Orson P. Woodruff, 
who was b. in Avon, Ct., July 13, 1847. They res. 1873, in 

7-131. Frederica Grace Kinney, b. in Erieville, N. Y., Dec. 
5, 1835, m. in Bloomingdale, 111., Feb. 26, 1856, Charles 
Goodwin,' merchant and farmer, who was b. in Vernon, N. 

' Son of Hiram Goodwin (b, in Litchfield, Ct.,Oct., ii, 1801, d. in Aurora, 111., 
Dec. I, 1864) and .u. Nancy Jones, (b. in Saratoga Co., N. Y., Feb. 15, 1804), 
ID. Sept. 1828 i gr. son of Russell Goodwin, (b. in Conn., 1767, d. in New York, 

The Dawso?! Family. 1 1 3 

Y., Aug. 16, 1832. They res. 1873, '" Grouse, Kane Co., 

111. Three children : 

8-114. [Goodwin.] Lucia Newton, b. in Aurora, III., Jan. 18, 1863. 

8-115. Lenore Denton, b. in Aurora, Aug. zi, 1864. 

8-116. Newton Lee, b. in Sugar Grove, Kane Co., 111., Jan. z, 1870. 

7-135. Lucia Diane Dawson, b. in Cazenovia, N. Y., 
July 9, 1839, m. in Windsor, N. Y., March 5, 1854, Isaac 
John Gray, who was b. in Chenango, N. Y., Jan. 10, 1832, 
and d. at Binghamton, N. Y., July 25, 1873, ^Z'^^ 4'* ^^^ 
res. 1873, '" Binghamton. Three children : 
8-117. Jennie Augusta, b. in Fenton, N. Y., Dec. 18, 1854, res. Bing- 
hamton. Erskine. 
8-1 18. Lucius De Forest, b. in Fenton, April 5, i860. 
8-119. Florence Bates, b. in Binghamton, Aug. 16, 1869. 

T-136. Frances Mary Dawson, b. in Linklaen, N. Y., 
June 26, 1 841, d. in Chenango, N. Y., Jan. 23, i860, aged 
19. She m. in Lisle, N. Y., July 2, 1856, George Welling- 
ton Parker, who was b. in Chenango, May 23, 1832, where 
he res. 1870 ; trackmaster of the Syracuse and Binghamton R. R. 
They had two children, both b. in Chenango : 
8-120. Charles Lamont, b. June 11, 1857. 
8-121. Frank, b. April 30, 1859. 

7-137. Lee De Forest Dawson, b. in Linklaen, N. Y., 
Aug. 22, 1843. ^^ enlisted during the first year of the civil 
war, 1861, as a private in the 27th Regt. N. Y. State Vols., 
but after a i'ew months of hard service, principally in Virginia, 
broke down completely in health, and received an honorable 
discharge. He m. June 10, 1863, widow Caroline Stone — 
m?i\6cnnd^meWhitbeck. Nochildren. Res. 1873, Binghamton: 

7-140. Edward Francis Bates, physician, b. in town- 
ship of Cazenovia, Madison Co., N. Y., Dec. 30, 1840, d. in 
Washington, D. C, March 6, 1864, aged 23 years. At the 
commencement of the civil war he was a student in the Medical 
Department of the State University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor. 

May 19, 1839), and w. Ruth Church, (b. in Conn., 1770, d. in N. Y., June 30, 
1834J, m. in New Lenox, Ct., July 4, 1789. The gt. gr. fathersaid by correspond- 
ent to have been from England, but it is queried whether tile English emigrant was 
not probably some generations more remote .' The name formerly Godwin. 


114 ^^^^ Dawso?t Fmnily. 

In the summer of 1862, in advance of an assuredly high and 
honorable graduation, he repaired to Washington, in company 
with a {^^ other patriotic young men of his class, and entered 
the service of the United States as a Medical Cadet. He was 
assigned to duty in Carver Hospital in July of that year, where 
he manifested a degree of talent and a thoroughness of prepara- 
tion which caused him to be speedily promoted, in December, 
1862, to the rank of assistant surgeon, and a few months later 
to that of surgeon of volunteers. Not long after the latter 
advancement he received the notable distinction of an assign- 
ment to duty as a member of the Medical Board of examiners, 
in Washington, and he was still engaged in that service when 
he was attacked by the malady which terminated his life. He 
was a diligent and methodical as well as an enthusiastic student, 
and of untiring industry in his profession. Notwithstanding his 
youth, it is not too much to say, that as an officer he evinced 
the highest order of efficiency. He was the author of several 
graceful poetical compositions, and his talents were brilliant and 
varied." He m. in Cleveland, O., Jan. 26, 1863, Eusebia 
Fleming Moore, niece of Hon. J. H. Wade, of that city, where 
she now resides (1873). 

7-141. William Rufus Bates, lawyer and editor, was b. 
in Cazenovia township, Madison county, N. Y., June 28, 1845. 
He was educated at the Oneida Conference Seminary, in Cazen- 
ovia, and in the Law Department of the Michigan State Uni- 
versity ; and has been editorially connected with several news- 
papers, especially the Saginaw, Mich., Daily Enterprise, and 
the Chicago, 111., Republican. He was elected, in the fall of 
1870, from Bay county, Michigan, a representative in the state 
legislature, and, though the youngest member of that body, is 
already distinguished in his state for his ability as a legislator 
and as a political orator and leader. In the spring of 1871 he 
was appointed, by the President, register of the United States 
Land office at Saginaw, which office he now holds (1873). 
He is, of course, republican in politics. He m. in Flint, Mich., 

' His remains were removed to Cazenovia for burial. The following — in raised 
letters, within the American Shield — is the inscription upon the monument: 
" Major Edward F. Bates, Surgeon U. S. V., died at Washington, D. C, March 6, 
1864, aged 23 years, a months, 11 days." 

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Jan. II, 1866, Gertrude Amelia Belcher,'^ who was b. in Rich- 
>ford, N. Y., Dec. 10, 1843. They res. 1873, in Saginaw, 
and have two children, both b. in Flint, Mich. : 
8-1 22. [Bates.] Irving Belcher, b. Feb. 3, 1867. 
8-123. Eusebia Florence, b. May ii, 1871. 

7-159. AlbertEmilius Colman, bank clerk, b. in Ellicott- 
ville, Cattaraugus Co., N. Y., Feb. 8, 1835, m. ist. Feb. 7, 
1859, Emma Melissa Chapman, who was b. in New Market, 
N. H., Oct. 24, 1842, and d. in Dunkirk, N. Y., June 20, 
1863, aged 21, dau. of Jeremiah Y. Chapman. They had two 
children, both b. in Dunkirk : 

8-124. Sophia Jane, b. March 15, i860. 

8-125. Harry Truman, b. Jan. 23, 1862, d. March 24, 1862. 

Mr. Colman, m. ad. in Jefferson ville, Ind., April 6, 1865, 
Elixa Russell, b. May 13, 1843.'' They res. 1 873, in Dunkirk, 
and have had three children, all b. in that place : 

8-126. Paul Russell, b. Nov. 13, 1865. 
8-127. Emma Sophia, b. March 23, 1868. 
8-128. Alice Russell, b. Oct. 28, 1870. 

7-160. Lydia Beecher Colman, b. in Ellicott ville, N. Y., 
June 8, 1837, d. in Dunkirk, N. Y., Oct. 8, 1872, aged 35. 
She m. in Dunkirk, Jan. 6, 1857, James Henry Van Buren,^ 

•Dau. of Major Horatio Belcher, of the 8th Regt. Mich. Inf. Vols., b. in Berk- 
shire, Tioga Co., N. Y., Dec. 6, 1816, killed at the battle of Weldon Railroad, 
near Petersburg, Va., Aug. 19, 1864. He entered the army as Lieut, of a company 
from Flint, Mich., in 1861, and was in many engagements, and had been wounded 
in three battles before his last fatal hurt. In one of the previous engagements his 
right arm been rendered useless, and on the day of his death he was thrice 
wounded. ** Consistent and gentlemanly in his intercourse with all, pure and blame- 
less in his life, he lived and died a Christian and a patriot." He m. Mary A. 
Hungerford, who was b. in Caroline, Tompkins Co., N. Y., Feb. z6, 1821, dau. 
of Spencer and Electa Dunham Hungerford (res. 187a, in Flint,) Maj. B. was the 
son of Joseph and Wealthy Whitijig Belcher. His only son, Major Irving Belcher, 
also sacrificed his life for his country. 

» Dau. of Norris Russell (b. in Elizabcthtown, Ind., 1810, d. in New Albany, 
Ind., 1853), and w. Nancy Elizabeth Morris, who d. in New Albany, March 2, 
1858 ; gr. dau. of John Russell, who res. 1870, in Elizabcthtown. 

3 Son of Henry Brodhead Van Buren (b. in Pompey Centre, N. Y.,Sept. 18, 1804, 
res. 1870, Dunkirk), and w. Caroline Eunice Kingsley (b. in Schagticoke, N. Y., 
Dec. 31, 1807), m. in Dunkirk, Feb. 22, 1830; gr. son of Peter Van Buren (b. at 
Kindcrhook, N. Y., d. at Cassadaga, N. Y., Feb , i860), and w. Elizabeth Upham. 
Caroline E. Kingsley was dau. of Jacob Kingsley, a native of Windham, Ct. The 
gr. father of Peter Van Buren, above named, was uncle to the President, Martin 
Van Buren. 

1 1 6 The Dawson Family. 

merchant, who was b. in Dunkirk, Feb. 2, 1 831, and res. 1873, 
in same place. They had six children, all b. in Dunkirk : 

8-129. \y ^-^ BuREN.] William Colman.b. Oct. 3, 1 857, d. Apr. 25, 1858. 

8-130. Ellen Colman, b. April 26, 1861. 

8-1 3 1. Truman Colman, b. Jan. i, 1865. 

8-132. James Lyman, b. April 8, 1867. 

8-133. Mary Colman, b. June, 25, 1869. 

8-134. James Henry, b. Aug. 4, 1871. 

7-161. Ellen Sophia Colman, b. in Ellicottville, N.Y., Aug. 
25, 1840, m. in Dunkirk, N. Y., April 27, 1859, Capt. Patrick. 
Barrett, who was b. at Ballyknock, in the parish of Down- 
feeney, Mayo county, Ireland, March 10, 1832. He was 
mortally wounded at the battle of Williamsburgh, Va., May 5, 
1862, and d. at Yorktown the day following, aged 30. 

Capt. Barrett came to this country in 1847, when about 
fifteen years of age, in company with his mother, sisters and 
brothers : his father, whose name was James Barrett, having 
died in Ireland about ten years previously. In the spring of 
1849, he obtained employment on the Erie railway, and having, 
by his efficiency and diligence, attracted the favorable notice of 
the railway superintendent, he was soon placed by him in a line 
of promotion which led to his employment in various capacities 
of increasing trust and responsibility. 

The following are extracts from an obituary published in the 
Dunkirk Union.^ "In 1850, with his family, he made our village 
his home. Attentive and faithful in the performance of every 
duty, courteous and kind to all he met, thoughtful, studious, and 
of an active and enquiring mind, his leisure was employed with 
books, and in the society of the intelligent and cultivated ; and 
as years passed on, the graceful, handsome, well mannered boy, 
ripened into the accomplished gentleman and active citizen 

" Capt. Barrett received the appointment of postmaster of 
our village from President Buchanan, and held the office during 
his administration. Happily connected by marriage, of com- 
manding presence, with manly and shining qualities, uncommon 

' From a pamphlet collection of obituary and other notices of Capt. Barrett, in- 
cluding extracts from the Buffalo Sentinel, Nc-w York Tablet, New York Freeman's 
Journal, reports of the meetings of the citizens of Dunkirk after receiving news of 
his death, order of arrangements for the funeral solemnities, etc. His remains were 
buried at Dunkirk. 

The Dawson Family. 1 1 7 

energy and perseverance, a prosperous and successful career 
seemed open before him. He gratified his martial tastes and 
aptitudes by raising, mostly from among his countrymen, in our 
village, and for several years commanding, the Jackson Guards, 
an independent company ; and in drilling them and directing their 
movements he, in some measure, fitted himself for the service 
in which he has been distinguished. 

" His patriotic ardor was aroused at the outbreak of the re- 
bellion. On that memorable day when came flashing on the wires 
the startling news of the fall of Fort Sumter, Captain Barrett 
immediately repaired to our village armory, with his own hands 
raised the Stars and Stripes, and avowed his purpose of offering 
his services to the government. With much labor and sacrifice 
he gathered around him the brave men who followed him to the 
war. We recall, with melancholy pride, that bright summer 
day, almost a year gone by, when our noble contribution to the 
cause of the country, the two companies of Captains Barrett and 
Stevens, took up their march for the beleaguered Capital, and 
amid tears and benisons and prayers the youthful hero turned 
from his elegant home to go where duty called him. The 
summer months were profitably spent at Camp Scott, on Staten 
Island, in perfecting himself and his command in the service so 
soon to be their daily occupation. Ordered with the brigade 
last fall to Washington, they were soon assigned important duty 
in guarding the Maryland shore below the Capital, and delicate 
and responsible trusts were so well discharged by Captain Barrett 
as to meet the warm approbation of superiors in command. 
The captain and his company, and indeed the whole of the Third 
Regiment, mostly from this county, are said to have made great 
proficiency, and to have become accomplished soldiers. Con- 
nected with General Hooker's division, they formed a part of 
the pursuing force after the evacuation of Yorktown, and en- 
gaging the enemy's rear at Williamsburg, are represented in the 
records of that memorable engagement, as having ' fought with 
unprecedented bravery ' ; and there, at the head of his company, 
bravely directing them against the foe. Captain Barrett received 
the wound that has robbed the service of a gallant officer, and 
plunged our community in grief." 

1 1 8 The Dawson Family. 

Capt. B. was a member of the Catholic church. He was at- 
tended in his last hours, greatly to his comfort and consolation, 
by the Rev. Joseph O'Hagan, regimental chaplain, who was 
also his warm personal friend. 

Mrs. B. res. 1873, '" Dunkirk. They had one child : 
8-135. [Barrett.] Mary Colman, b. in Dunkirk, July 9, i860. 

7-162. Mary Melissa Colman, b. in EllicottviUe, N. Y., 
Dec. 31, 1842, m. in Dunkirk, N. Y., Jan. 2, 1866, Samuel 
James Gifford,' who was b. in Ashtabula, O., May 14, 1834 ; 
insurance agent. They res. 1873, in Dunkirk. 

7-163. William Truman Colman, b. in EllicottviUe, 
N. Y., Feb. 18, 1845, m. in Dunkirk, N. Y., June 15, 1870, 
Grace Kennedy, dau. of Charles Kennedy, sheriff of Chautauque 
county. They res. 1873, in Dunkirk. One child : 
8-136. Agnes, b. July 30, 1872. 

7-164. Charles Delos Sill, b. in EllicottviUe, N. Y., 
Aug. 28, 1843, ■"• '" EllicottviUe, Nov. 25, 1863, Sophia L. 
Pettit, who was b. in Fairview, Cattaraugus Co., N. Y., Jan. 
4, 1848, dau. of Amos Pettit. Mr. Sill is a practical printer, 
and succeeded his father as proprietor and editor of the Cattarau- 
gus Freeman (EllicottviUe), but is now engaged in farming, having 
suspended the publication of the paper. He res. 1873, in 
EllicottviUe, and has three children, all b. in that place : 
8-137. Edith Pettit, b. IVIay 8, 1865. 
8-138. Jessie Beecher, b. Dec. 2, 1868. 
8-139. Mary, b. May 17, 1872. 

7-166. Frances Emily Colman, b. in EllicottviUe, N. Y., 
March 22, 1839, m. in Dunkirk, N. Y., Dec. 12, 1861, 
Theodore Hinsdale Whittlesey,^ flour and grain merchant, 

■ Son of Samuel GitFord (b. in Belfast, Ireland, Aug. i, 1799), and w. Rosanna 

Fraser, (b. in Belfast, Aug. 12, 1802, dau. of Robert Frazer and w. Duncan; 

Scotch), m. in Belfast, Oct. 16, 1823, came to this country about 1825 ; gr. son of 
Samuel Gifford (b. in Kilmore, county Down, Ireland), and w. Elizabeth Gibson, 
dau. of John Gibson. 

'Son of Hon. Frederick Whittlesey (b. in New Preston, Conn., July 12, 1799, 
d. in Rochester, N. Y., Sept. 19, 1S51), and w. Ann Hinsdale (b. in West Win- 
sted, Conn., Oct. 16, 1802), m. 1826; gr. son of David Whittlesey (b. in New 
Preston, 1775, d. 1825), and w. Martha Pomeroyj m. Sept. 12, 1825. Hon. F. 
W. was vice chancellor of the eighth district of the state of New York, and during 
the famous Morgan excitement in that state wrote and spoke much in opposition to 

'The Dawson Family. 1 1 9 

who was b. in Rochester, N. Y., Dec. 17, 1833. They res. 
1873, '" Dunkirk, and have had six children, all b. in that 
place : 

8-140. [Whittlesey.] Emily Colman, b. Sept. 12, 1862. 

8-141. Frederic, b. Dec. 21, 1863. 

8-14Z. Grace, b. Feb. 7, 1865, d. April 19, 1867. 

8-143. Harlan Colman, b. Oct. 16, 1866, d. Jan. 28, 1867. 

8-144. Frank Colman, b. Dec. 13, 1867. 

8-145. Henry Tucker, b. Nov. 23, 1869. 

7-167. Juliette Clarissa Colman, b. in Ellicottville, N. Y., 
Oct. 28, 1843, •". in Dunkirk, N. Y., May 4, 1869, Dr. 
David Gibbs Alling,' homeopathic physician, who was b. in 
Norwalk, O., Jan. 8, 1842. He was a surgeon in the U. S. 
army during the civil war. They res. 1873, in Dunkirk. One 
child : 
8-146. Florence, b. Aug. 13, 1872. 

7-168. Grace Eunecia Colman, b. in Ellicottville, N. Y., 
Aug. I, 1845, m. in Dunkirk, N. Y., Oct. 14, 1867, William 
Eber Buff Candee,^ hardware merchant, who was b. Oct. 
4, 1844. JVIr. C. served in the civil war two years and three 
months, having enlisted at New York, July 10, 1863 ; was 
appointed regimental quarter-master sergeant, and honorably 
discharged Oct. 5, 1865, with letters of highest approbation 
from his superior officers. They res. 1873, in Dunkirk, and 
have two children, both b. in that place : 
8-147. Jean McGregor, b. Nov. 23, 1868. 
8-148. Bertram Colman, b. March 12, 1870. 

■ Son of Prudden Ailing (b. at Ballston Spa, N. Y., Nov. 8, 1808, res. 1871, at 
Norwalk, O.), and w. Eliza Lockwood Gibbs (b. at Norwalk, Ct., Feb. 16, 1811), 
m. at Norwalk, O., July 19, 183^; gr. son of Stephen Young Ailing) b. at Newark, 
N. J., March i, 1775, d. at Sodus, N. Y., Feb. 4, 1831), and w. P.itty Cory (b. at 
Westfield, N. J., April 22, 17S0, d. at Rochester, N. Y., July 7, 1840), m. March 
10, 1798. Eliza Lockwood Gibbs, above named, was dau. of David Gibbs. a lawyer 
by profession, educated at Yale college. He served during most of the war of i8l2, 
holding the oHice of first lieutenant, and was stationed at New London, Conn. 

'Son of Fernando Cortes Candee (b. at Pompey, N, Y., F'eb. 2, 1816) and w. 
Maria Wright O'Brien, (b. at Germantown, Pa., Dec. 4, 1818) m. at Collins, Eric 
Co., N. Y., Sept 21, 1842; gr. son of Eber Candee, (b. March 5, 1785, supposed 
in Oxford, Ct. ) and w. Patience Potter, b. July 15, 1786, dau. of Nathaniel and 
Ruth Potter. Eber Candee was son of Nchemiah and Content Candee. Maria Wright 
O'Brien was dau. of William O'Brien (b. in Carlow, Ireland, Dec. 26, 1792) and 
w Anne Greaves, b. at Bernah, county Tyrone, Ireland, Sept. 17, 1798; gr. dau. 
of Daniel and Mary O'Brien. Anne Greaves was of Scotch parentage — dau. of John 
and Mary Greaves. 

I20 Ihe Dawson Family. 

7-172. Sophie Skinner, b. in Ellicottville, N. Y., July 22, 
1851, m. in Ellicottville, Oct. 18, 1871, Dr. Harlan S, 
Smith, allopathic physician. They res. 1873, '" Ellicottville. 
8-149. Florence, b. Aug. 12, 1872. 

7-195. Amanda Dawson, b. in Danby, N. Y., Aug. 6, 
1828, m. in Danby, Nov. i, 1851, Axford Hart, who was 
b. in Danby, Feb. 13, 1826. Res. 1873, Wellsboro, Pa. 
Five children : 

8-150. Judson, b. in Danby, N. Y., Aug. 15, 1852. 
8-151. Sophia, b. in Charleston, Pa., July 7, 1854. 
8-152. Aaron, b. in Charleston, Feb. 4, 1857. 
8-153. Frances, b. in Charleston, May 16, 1859. 
8-154. George, b. in Charleston, March 3, 1862. 

7-196. Harmon Jackson Dawson, b. in Danby, N. Y., 
April 13, 1830, m. in Danby, Sept. 8, 1857, Harriet Louisa 
Meacham, who was b. in De Witt, Onondago Co., N. Y., 
Oct. 26, 1836. They res. 1873, '" Wellsboro, Pa. Two 
children : 

8-155. Anna Curtis, b. in Charleston, Pa., Jan. 16, 1861. 
8-156. John James, b. in Delmar, Pa., Nov. 11, 1866. 

7-197. Charles Ryle Dawson, b. in Danby, N. Y., 
July 31, 1832, m. in Wellsboro, Pa., July, 1863, Cordelia 
IVetherbee, who was b. in Delmar, Tioga Co., Pa., May 14, 
1836. They res. 1873, in Wellsboro. No children. 

7-198. John James Dawson, b. in Danby, N. Y., April 
29, 1834. He was drafted for service in the army, Feb. 22, 
1864, and assigned in April of that year to the i68th Regt. Pa. 
Cavalry, then stationed at Cumberland, Md. He performed 
his duties as a soldier faithfully and well, but being of a delicate 
constitution, and unacustomed to riding, the long and hard 
marches on horseback, which became necessary, overtaxed his 
powers of endurance, and cost him his life. He died in hospital, 
at Clarksburg, W. Va., of remittent fever, Aug. 14, 1865, 
after an illness of twenty-one days, twelve of which he spent in 
camp previous to admission to the hospital. He m. in Charles- 
ton, Pa., April 23, 1862, 'Juliette Amelia Cooledge, who was b. 
in Charleston, Oct. 25, 1837, and res. 1873, in that place. 
One child: 
8-157. Robert Hopestill, b. Dec. 24, 1864. 

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7-199. Wealthy Dawson, b. in Danby, N. Y., June 21, 
1836, d. in Charleston, Pa., Jan. 30, 1863 ; m. in Charleston, 
June 13, 1856, Abel Nickerson, who was b. in Salisbury, 
N. Y., July 22, 1806, and res. 1873, in Wellsboro, Pa. They 
had one child : 
8-158. Louisa, b. in Richmond, Pa., Aug. zz, 1859. 

7-^01. George Smith Dawson, b. in Danby, N. Y., 
Sept. 15, 1845, m. in Charleston, Pa., Jan. 3, 1865, Amanda 
Forsyth, who was b. in Candor, Tioga Co., N. Y., March 22, 
1845. They res. 1873, in Wellsboro, Pa. Two children : 
8-159. Almira, b. in Charleston, Pa., March 2, 1866. 
8-160. Wealthy, b. in Wellsboro, Aug. 8, 1871. 

7-209. Asa Wesley Button, farmer, b. in Danby, N. Y., 
March 15, 1834, m. in Danby, Feb. 10, 1856, Catharine Smith, 
who was b. in Danby, Jan. 8, 1832. They res. 1873, in Danby, 
and have two children, both b. in that town : 
8-161. Charles Fremont, b. April 6, i860. 
8-162. George Elmer Ellsworth, b. Feb. 1, 1865. 

7-211. Chester Lorenzo Werdon, moulder, b. in New- 
field, Tompkins Co., N. Y., Oct. 20, 1840, m. in Ulysses, 
N. Y., Oct. 17, 1 86 1, Mary Frances Wiggins, who was b, in 
Hector, Tompkins Co., N. Y., Oct. 6, 1844. They res. 1872, 
in Ulysses, Tompkins Co., N. Y. One child : 
8-163. Ida Mary, b. in Ulysses, April 19, 1865. 

7-212. Ophelia J. Werdon, b. in Newfield, Tompkins Co., 
N. Y., Oct. II, 1844, m. Feb. 11, 1866, Daniel D. Slocum, 
wagon maker, who was b. in Newfield, Feb. I, 1844. They 
res. 1872, in Sullivanville, Chemung Co., N. Y. Two chn.: 
8- 16+. Frank Daniel, b. in Sullivanville, March 18, 1868. 
8-165. Wealthy Louisa, b. in Sullivanville, April 27, 1871. 

7-213. Emeline Adams Fox, b. in Caroline, Tompkins Co., 
N. Y., Aug. II, 1832, m. in Brighton, Livingston Co., Mich., 
March 18, 1849, Ransom R. Fuller. Res. 1870, Owasso, 
Shiawassee Co., Mich. 

7-214. William John Fox, b. in Addison, Steuben Co., 
N. Y., March 2, 1834, m. ist. in Bennington, Shiawassee Co., 

122 'The Dawson Fafnily, 

Mich., Oct. I, libi^Sarah "Jane Pope^v/ho d. May, 1869. 2d. 
in Novi, Oakland Co., Mich., Susan Taylor. They res. 1870, 
in Venice, Shiawassee Co., Mich. 

7-215. Chester Dawson Fox, b. in town of Erwin, 
Steuben Co., N. Y., Dec. 18, 1835, m. in Rush township, 
Shiawassee Co., Mich., July 16, iSsg, Rachel Sophia Pope. They 
res. 1870, in Fairfield township, Shiawassee Co., Mich. 

7-216. Jngeline S. Fox, b. in Southfield township, Oakland 
Co., Mich., Nov. 29, 1838, m. in Bennington, Shiawassee Co., 
Mich., Oct. I, 1868, Earl Stimpson Hall. They res. 
1870, in Owasso, Mich. 

7-219. Milton Dawson Fox, b, in Brighton, Livingston 
Co., Mich., Dec. 8, 1844, m. in Fairfield, Shiawassee Co., 
Mich., June 30, 1868, Jrtemicia Brigham, who was b. in Darke 
Co., Ohio, Aug. 15, 1848. They res. 1873, in Duplain, 
Clinton Co., Mich. Two children : 
8-166. William C, b. April 25, 1869, d. July 17, 1870. 
8-167. Lewis S., b. .Aug. 2, 1871. 

7-220. Casandra A. Fox, b. in Cahocta township, Livingston 
Co., Mich., Dec. 14, 1850, m. in Owasso, Shiawassee Co., 
Mich., Sept. 30, 1869, Barton Gainer. Res. 1870, in 
Venice, Shiawassee Co., Mich. 

7-221. Myron Havillah Dawson, b. in Spencer, Tioga 
Co., N. Y., March 24, 1837, m. June 21, 1857, Maryette 
Clark, who was b. in Sharon, Litchfield Co., Conn., Dec. 11, 
1839. He enlisted, Aug. 12, 1862, as a private in Co. L, 109th 
Regt. N. Y. S. Vols., and after a few months' service was taken 
sick in consequence of exposure and fatigue, and d. in military 
hospital at Beltsville, Md., Nov. i, 1862, aged 25.' They had 
one child : 
8-168. Sidney, b. in Spencer, N. Y., March 22, 1858. 

7-223. John Dawson, b. in Spencer, Tioga Co., N. Y., 
Dec. 19, 1842, m. Nov. i, 1868, Mary Emma Bassett, who 
was b. in Calais, Washington Co., A'le., Aug. 17, 1847. ^^ 
enlisted, Aug. i, 1862, as a private in Co. L, X09th Regt. N. 

' His. wid. m. Oct. 6, 1872, Samuel Miller, ofWolcott, Wayne Co., N. Y. 

The Dawson Family. 123 

Y. S. Vols., and was in several engagements, in one of which 
he was severely wounded through the wrist. He was discharged 
for disability, occasioned by his wound, July 12, 1863. They 
res. 1873, Spencer, N. Y. One child : 
8-169. Hattie, b. June 18, 1872. 

7-224. Ruth Diana Dawson, b. in Spencer, N. Y., Feb. 
23, 1847, •"• ^^^- 3I1 1863, William Perrin, who was b. 
in Spencer, June 16, 1847. They res. 1873, in Spencer. 
One child : 
8-170. Lavergne, b. in Spencer, July 29, 187 1. 

7-226. Seth Warren Dawson, b. in Spencer, N. Y., 
Dec. 16, 1 84 1, m. in Spencer, Sept. 18, 1868, Phebe Andrus. 
They res. 1873, '" Spencer. One child : 
8-171. Lena, b. in Spencer, Feb. 11, 1870. 

7-229. Isabel German, b. in Ithaca, N. Y., May 27, 1840, 
m. in Mansfield, O., Feb. 24, 1859, Emanuel Hersha Keyser, 
who was b. in Richland Co., O., Aug. 28, 1835. They res. 
1872, in Mansfield. Three children: 
8-172. Ida IVIay, b. June 20, 1859. 
8-173. Milton, b. Sept. 22, 1862. 
8-174. Mary, b. July 23, 1867. 

7-231. Lydia Ann German, b. in Danby, N. Y., Oct. 22, 
1845, m. in Mansfield, O., Feb. 16, 1865, Melvin Monroe 
Gates, who was b. in Richland Co., O., Nov. 16, 1840. 
They res. 1872, in Mansfield. One child : 
8-175. Scott Horace, b. in Richland Co., O., April 28, 1867. 

7-236. Wallace Adelbert Morse, b. in Spencer, N. Y., 
June 6, 1851, m. Res. 1873, '" Chicago, III. One ch.: 
8-176. Hattie Viola. 

7-239. Martha Maria Barnes, b. in Paris, N. Y., Oct. 27, 
1833, m. Dec. 6, 1863, Hiram H. Davis. They res. 1870, 
in Mich. Three children : 
8-177. Eva Jane, b. Sept. 7, 1864. 
8-178. Lucinda, b. July 3, 1866. 
8-179. Edwin Orlando, b. Dec. iz, 1867. 

I 24 The Dawson Family. 

7-240. Mary Jane Barnes, b. in Paris, N. Y., March 2, 
1835, m. Feb. 22, 1857, Elam Tuttle, b. in Oneida Co., 
N. Y., Feb. 10, 1832.' They res. 1870, at Rockford P. O., 
Kent Co., Mich. Two children : 
8-180. Charles Morette, b. Nov. 12, 1857. 
8-181. Willis Melvin, b. Dec. 10, i860. 

7-241. Horace Lamotte Barnes, b. in Sharon, Mich., 
March 27, 1836, m. July 26, i860, Martha Anderson. They 
res. 1870, in Mich. Two children : • 

8-182. Mary Theresa, b. June iz, 1861. 
8-183. Adelaide Estelle, b. May 26, 1865. 

7-243. John Milton Barnes, b. in Cortland, Mich., 
March 27, 1839, m. Nov. 9, 1861, Lucy Anderson. They res. 
1870, in Mich. Two children : 
8-184. Ella, b. March 17, 1864. 
8-185. Eliza, b. May 7, 1865. 

7-247. LuciEN Denison Barnes, b. in Cortland, Mich., 
April ri, 1847, m. Feb. 10, 1869, Mary E. Spencer. They 
res. 1870, in Mich. One child: 
8-186. George Martin, b. March 1, 1870. 

7-250. Edwin Woodbury Barnes, farmer, b. in Verona, 
Oneida Co., N. Y., Nov. 4, 1834, m. at Big Prairie, Newaygo 
Co., Mich., Nov. 20, 1862, Jlina Ermina French, who was b. 
in Tecumseh, Mich., 1843. ^^ served three years during the 
civil war as private and sergeant in the Fifth Regt. Mich. 
Cavalry Vols. They res. 1870, at Big Prairie. Five children: 
8-187. Eddie Augustus, b. 1863. 
8-188. Ida Estelle, b. 1864. 
8-189. Alina Edith, b. 1866. 
8-190. Inez Adelle, b. 1868. 
8-191. Burton Eugene, b. 1869. 

I Son of Charles Tuttle (b. in Oneida Co., N. Y., June 22, 1807) and w. Harriet 
Tuttle, m. April 10, 183 1 ; gr. son of Elam Tuttle (b. in Woodbridge, Ct., June 
^9. I???) and w. Mary Scofield, m. May i, 1802 j gt. gr. son of Uri Tuttle (b. in 
Hamden, Ct., 1738), and w. Thankful Ives, m. 1764. Uri Tuttle was son of 
Nathaniel and Mary Todd Tuttle, of North Ha%'en, Ct. ; gr. son of Nathaniel and 
Esther Tuttle ; gt. gr. son of Jonathan and Rebecca SellTunh. Jonathan was fourth 
child of Wm. and Elizabeth Tuttle of New Haven, the original emigrants. [Mem. 
Chauncey Tuttle (b. Sept. 19, 1771, son of Uri Tuttle, above named) m. Mrs. 
Elizabeth Peck, and had a son Mansfield Tuttle who m. Mary Davison, of iviai 
family ?] 

The Dawson Family. 1 25 

7-251. Augustus Milton Barnes, b. in Verona, Oneida 
Co., N. Y., Sept. 16, 1836, m. at Otisco, Ionia Co., Mich., 
Oct. 19, 1868, Frances Chora Andrews^ who was b. in Vergennes, 
Kent Co., Mich., 1846. He served three years in the civil 
war as a private in Co. F, Second Mich. Cavalry Vols., is a farmer, 
and carpenter and joiner. They res. 1870, in Gratton, Kent 
Co., Mich. No children. 

7-253. [ram Curtis Barnes, farmer, b. in Verona, Oneida 
Co., N. Y., April 15, 1843, m. in Cortland, Kent Co., Mich., 
Jan. 2, 1864, Charlotte Augusta Foote, who was b. in Canastota, 
Madison Co., N. Y., May 20, 1845. They res. 1873, '" 
Cortland, Mich. Three children : 
8-192. Carey Amanzo, b. Nov. lo, 1864. 
8-193. Alfred Adelbert, b. April 20, 1866. 
8-194. Sheridan Foote, b. Oct. 10, 1868. 

7-261. Eunice Rebecca Homiston, b. in Fond du Lac, Jan. 
16, 1847, m. May i, 1865, John Brownell Johnson, who 
was b. in Watertown, Wis., Nov. 18, 1841. He is a locomo- 
tive engineer. They res. 1873, in Winona, Minn. One child : 
8-195. Edward Dwight, b. in Milwaukee, Wis., April 9, 1867. 

7-268. Susan Delphine DooUttle, b. in Bradford, Rock county, 
Wis., Aug. 24, 1847, f"- '" Candor, N. Y., Nov. 6, 1870, 
James K. Polk Holly, who was b. in Candor, Feb. 15, 1845. 
They res. 1873, in Candor. One child : 
8-196. Charles Atherton, b. March 8, 1872. 

7-271. Sylvester Legrand Doolittle, b. in Danby, N. 
Y., Jan. 21, 1845, m. in Eau Clair, Wis., Nov. 30, 1869, 
Adelle Horrey, who was b in Sparta, Wis., March 23, 1852, 
dau. of George and Hattie Horrey. They res. 1873, '" Osh- 
kosh. Wis. Two children : 

8-197. Myrrie Leona, b. in Eau Clair, Jan. 31, 1871. 
8-198. Frank Rea, b. in Milwaukee, May 31, 1873. 

7-278. Mary Elizabeth Doolittle^ b. in Oswego, N. Y., 
Jan. 18, 1850, m. in Delavan, Wis., May i, 1870, Alexander 
Hamilton Allyn, b. in Hartford, Ct., Sept. i, 1835, son of 
Timothy M. and Susan Ann Allyn, of Hartford. They res. 
1873, Delavan, Wis. 

126 The Dawson Family. 

7-279. Florence Adelaide Do.olittle, b. in Oswego, N. Y., 
July 26, 1852, m. in Racine, Wis., May 4, 1869, Ralph 
McDouGAL Rector, farmer, b. in Duanesburgh, N. Y., 
Oct. 25, 1835, son of Joseph and J/ary y/«« McDougal Rector. 
They res. 1873, Walworth, Wis. One child: 
8-199. Frances Leonora, b. Aug. 25, 1872. 

7-291. Edwin Garrit Doud, farmer, b. in Freedom, O., 
Dec. 17, 1831, m. 1st. in Nelson, O., April 10, 1853, Jane 
Sperry,' who was b. in Nelson, June 10, 1833, and d. in Freedom, 
Feb. 28, 1854. They had one child : 

8-200. Jane Sperry, b. in Freedom, O., Jan. 17, 1854, res. 1873, 
Freedom. Clark. 

Mr. D. m. 2d. in Edinburg, O., Aug. 20, 1854, Sarah A. 
Foley, who was b. Oct. 28, 1832. They res. 1873, '" Vassar, 
Tuscola Co., Mich. Two children : 

8-201. John Foley, b. in Vassar, June 6, 1856. 

8-202. Frederick Samuel, b. in Denmark, Tuscola Co., June 6, 1861. 

7-292. Henry Rhoads Doud, farmer, b. in Freedom, O., 
June 30, 1833, m. in Nelson, O., April 10, 1854, Parena 
Rnowlton^ who was b. in Nelson, Feb. 8, 1833. They res. 
1873, '" Freedom ; three children, all b. in that town : 
8-203. Willard Knowlton, b. April 8, 1855. 
8-204. Julia Esther, b. Sept. 10, 1856. 
8-205. Jessie Arvilla, b. Dec. 21, 1862. 

7-293. Julia Maria Dawson, b. in Vernon, O., Oct. 8, 
1840, d. Feb. 7, i860, m. May 26, 1859, Henry Wanenaker. 
They had one child : 

8-206. Eva, b. March 20, i860, d. May i, 1864. 

7-294. Albert Addison Dawson, b. in Fowler, O., Jan. 
4, 1842, m. Dec. 27, 1866, Cornelia Ryan, who was b. in 

' Dau. of Thaddeus Sperry, farmer, (d. in Hastings, Mich., March 3, 1869) and 
w. Sylvia Maria Landon (b. in State of N. Y., 1806, d. in Nelson, O., Sept. 30, 

= Dau. of Willard Robin Knowlton, farmer and banker, pres. of the Garrettsville 
Savings Bank, (b. in Troy, N. Y., Dec. 6, 1800), and w. Hannah Ovilla Harrison 
(b. in Cornwall, Ct., Nov. 11, 1S05), m. March 29, 1817, in Nelson, O., where 
they still reside (1871). 

The Daijuson Faintly. 1 27 

Chagrin Falls, Cuyahoga Co., O., June 28, 1849. They res. 
1870, in Concord, DeKalb Co., Ind. No children. 

T-295. Ursula Amelia Dawson^ b. in Concord, Ind., Dec. 
20, 1845, m- J""s "41 1866, John Hamilton, who was b. in 
Concord, April 28, 1841. They res. 1870, in Concord. One 
child : 
8-Z07. Corel Lorenzo, b. Jan. 28, 1869. 

7-300. Charlotte Jackson, b. in Bazetta, O., Jan. 21, 1839, 
m. Moses T. Scott, printer. They res. 1870, in Pittsburg, 
Pa. Four children : 
8-208. Elmer, b. 1862. 
8-Z09. Myra, b. 1866. 
8-zio. John, b. 1868. 
8-211. A son, b. 1870. 

8-36. Sarah C. miliams,h. in Geneva,©., April 25, 1847, 
m. in Jefferson, O., Feb. 18, 1868, Franklin J. Stone, who 
was b. in Evans, Erie Co., N. Y., March 11, 1848. They 
have (1871) one child : 
9-1. Jesse F., b. in Evans, N. Y., Nov. 26, 1868. 

8-61. Harriet Eliza Rogers, h. in Chenango Forks, N. Y., 
May 9, 1843, ■"• ^^y "3' 1868, Rev. Isaac Mills Ely. 
He was in 1869-71 pastor of the Presbyterian church at 
Chenango Forks, and previously pastor of the Presbyterian 
church at Ellicottville, N. Y. In 1872 Mr. and Mrs. Ely 
established at Chenango Forks a select family school for girls, 
which has now entered on its second year, with every promise 
of success and permanence. They have two children : 

9-2. Emma Willard, b. in Ellicottville, Feb. 3, 1869. 
9-3. William Rogers, b. in Chenango Forks, Feb. 3, 1871. 

8-62. Helen Mary Rogers, b. in Chenango Forks, N. Y., 
Nov. 8, 1845, m. Sept. 19, 1866, Hon. Jerome B. Landfield, 
who was b. in Harvard, Delaware Co., N. Y., Nov. 6, 1827. 
They res. 1873, in Newark Valley, Tioga Co., N. Y., where 
he is extensively engaged in business as a tanner. He was a 
member of the N. Y. state legislature, 1864, and was re- 

128 "The Dawson Family. 

elected, 1872. They have had two children, both b. in New- 
ark Valley : 

9-4. [Landfield.] Henry Clark, b. May 5, 1868, d. July 28, 1870. 
9-5. Jerome Barker, b. May 7, 1871. 

8-63. Grace Meloy Rogers, b. in Chenango Forks, N. Y., 
Jan. 28, 1848, m. Dec. 25, 1866, Robert D. Jillson, rail- 
way ticket agent, who was b. in Cazenovia, N. Y., Oct. 6, 
1828. They res. 1873, '" Hornellsville, N. Y. Three children : 
9-6. Willard Rogers, b. in Chenango Forks, Oct. 24, 1867. 
9-7. Eliza Chittenden, b. in Hornellsville, April 21, 1870. 

8-117. Jennie Augusta Gray, b. in Fenton, N. Y., Dec. 18, 
1854, m. July 19, 1871, Orrington Elmer Erskine, who 
was b. in North Stoughton, Mass., Dec. 7, 1846, son of Robert 
and Joanna Erskine. They res. 1873, '" Binghamton, N. Y. 
One child : 
9-9. Robert Vernett, b. in Binghamton, July 22, 1873. 

8-200. Jane Sperry Doud, b. in Freedom, O., Jan. 17, 
1854, m, in Freedom, June 15, 1873, Frank P. Clark, miller, 
who was b. in Nelson, Portage county, Ohio, Oct. 12, 1852. 
They res. in Freedom. 

Note. The foregoing record of the family of Robert Dawson contains of the 
second generation, a names — first birth 1 677, last death 1759; of the third genera- 
tion, 13 names — first birth 17 16, last death 1799; of the fourth generation, lineally- 
descended from 6of the third, 29 names — first birth 1742, last death 1840; of the 
fifth generation, lineally descended from 10 of the fourth, 54 names — first birth 
1766, two living in 1873 ; of the sixth generation, lineally descended from 23 of the 
fifth, 142 names — first birth 1794, many living in 1873 ; of the seventh genera- 
tion, lineally descended from 83 of the sixth, 332 names — first birth 181 5 j of the 
eighth generation, lineally descended fi-om 92 of the seventh, 211 names — first 
birth 1841 ; of the ninth generation, 9 names — first birth 1867. The average number 
of children per family in the third generation was a fraction more than 6 ; in the 
fourth generation a fraction less than five j in the fifth generation a fraction more 
than 5 ; in the sixth generation a firaction more than 6. — 


Of New Haven, Conn., 1721-2. 

Of this family but little is known. Nothing has been discovered to 
connect it with the family of Robert Dawson, of East Haven. 

1. March 5, 1721-2, John Hitchcock conveyed to "Thomas 
Dawson, formerly of Newport, on Road Island,' now of New 
Haven," 2| acres in New Haven : consideration Xioo. [New 
Haven Records, vol. 6, p. 24). 

April 14, 1722, Thomas Dawson, similarly described, in 
consideration of" love, good will and natural affection," con- 
veyed to his " loving son," 

2-1. Job Dawson, of New Haven, a house, barn and home lot in New 
Haven,-' and sundry household goods. (A^. H. Records, vol. 6, 
p. loi. The same land bought of John Hitchcock). 

2-1. Job Dawson and Sarah Thomas^ were married at New 

* The R. I. Colonial Records, 1 636-1 740, recently printed, have been examined 
without discovery of this name. 

= This house was in West Lane. Adjoining it on either hand were the residences 
of the Nott and Beecher families, and next beyond the latter that of the Thomas 
family, with which Job D. became connected by marriage. See " A plan of the 
town of New Haven, as taken by Mr. Joseph Brown in the year 1724." — Barber's 
Antiqitiiies of Neiv Haven, p. 109. 

3 Records of conveyances by Job and Sarah Dawson are as follows : 

July 20, 1724. To Jona. Atwater jun., of New Haven, 3^ acres "in said New 
Haven, lying in Plainfield, and in the first division of sequestered land." — N. H. Rec- 
ords, vol. 6, p. 466. 

Dec 24, 1733. To Samuel Brown, of New Haven, a certain quantity of meadow 
land lying in the '* subhards " quarter in the town aforesaid, being half the meadow 
lying in Hill's cove, formerly belonging to Samuel Thomas, of the town aforesaid, 
deceased, and in the division of said Thomas's estate by the freeholders set to Sarah, 
the wife of Job Dawson. — Records, vol. 9, p. 392. 

Feb. 24, 1734-5. To Jona. Atwater, a half division lot of land in township of 
New Haven, containing 2ii acres, " being a lot that was drawn and laid out in the 
name of our honored father, Samuel Thomas, deceased."— /J«or</s, vol. 10, p. 53. 

Feb. 22, 1728-9, recorded May 7, 1735. ^^ Joseph Thomas, of New Haven, 
"land lying in the subhards quarter in New Haven, being one acre which accrued 
to the said Sarah as part of her portion in the estates of her father, mother and sister, 
deceased." — Records, vol. 10, p. 93. 


130 The Dawson Fa?nily. 

Haven, Feb. 12, 1718-19. He d. before Oct. 21, 1745.' She 

was the daughter of Samuel Thomas. They had five chn. : 

3-1. Ann, b. June 28, 1720. Wantwood. 

3-2. Sarah, b. March 27, 1724.- 

3-3. Elizabeth, b. Feb. 4, 1727-8. 

3-4. Rhoda, b. Aug. 5, 173 1. 

3-5. Job, b. Marcli 6, 1 734-5. 

3-1. Ann Dawson and Benjamin Wantwood, both of New 
Haven, " were joyned in marriage " March 30, 1743. He was 
b. July 20, 1 71 2, son of Benjamin Wantwood, of East Haven. 
They had : 

4-1. Phebe, b. June 5, 1745. (The date of this birth is also recorded 
in same volume, March 30, 1 744-5, and March 30, 1748, making 
the record abundantly confusing and wholly inexplicable. It 
would appear that the mother must have d. before 1747, and 

B. W. m. 2d, Sarah . The birth of a son is recorded as follows : 

" Benjamin, son of Benj. and .Stfr^Z" Wantwood, Nov. 5, 1747"). — 
N. H. Records of births, marriages. Sec, pp. 227, 267 and 504. 

' On that date the Court of Probate at New Haven appointed Lt. Thomas Holt 
of New Haven, guardian of Rhoda Dawson, minor child of " Job Dawson, late of 
New Haven, deceased." 

= She never married. Adminis 
Haven, Nov 5, 1787. Ii 


Of Monroe, Conn., about 1785-go. 

1. John Dawson," was b. in England, June 4, 1749. He 
graduated at Oxford, and was sent to America in the British 
army, a member of a regiment called the Legion, commanded 
by Major Cochran. He was at the taking of Philadelphia, in 
1777, and at the battle of the Cowpens, 1781, "got whipped 
by Morgan." He was concerned in an engagement at Egg 
Harbor with a brig called the Middletown, which was taken by 
the British, although the crew escaped. The prize money 
gained by the capture of the brig was the subject of an alterca- 
tion between him and the major of his regiment, in the course 
of which he struck the major with his fist, and knocked him 
down. According to the articles of war he would have been 
liable to be put to death for striking a superior officer, and he 
deserted to save his life. He went into the state of Connecticut, 
where he was joined by his w. whom he had m. in Philadelphia. 
Her maiden name was Eli%abeth Maria Hamilton Maxfield, and 
she was b. in Ireland, May i, 1754. Her mother, a Miss 
Hamilton, had m. a man named Knox, and he dying, she m. 
2d. a protestant minister named Maxfield. Their dau. Elizabeth 
came to America for her health, and lived with an aunt in 
Philadelphia. The war broke out six months after her arrival, 
and when the British army was at Philadelphia, her half brother, 
who was a naval officer, and had been a classmate of Dawson, 
invited him to see her. A mutual attachment sprang up between 
them, and led to their marriage. They settled in Monroe, 
Fairfield Co., about sixteen miles north of Bridgeport. From 
this place they removed to New Haven county before 1792, 

■ The information in regard to this family chiefly communicated by Mr. William 
Dawson, Hotchkissville, Ct., but the history of John Dawson from his son, Mr. 
Richard Hawley Dawson, of Iowa. 

132 The Dawson Family. 

and finally to Greene Co., N. Y., where they died — he, March 
18, 1818 ; she, Feb. 2, 1834. They had nine children, all prob- 
ably b. in Conn.: 

2-1. John, d. in Greene Co.,N. Y. ; three sons, res. near Bingham- 
ton, N. Y. 

2-2. Francis, d. in Greene Co., N. Y. ; son Sheldon, res. 1870, Jackson- 
ville, same county. 

2-3. Betsey, b. in Monroe, Ct., Jan. 15, 1788, d. Feb. u, 1869, a. 81. 

2-4. Prudence, m. Spring. (Of this family, Edmund Spring, Ansonia, Ct.) 

2-5. Hugh F., b. in New Haven Co.,Ct., April 26, 1792, d. in Greene 
Co., N. Y., June 10, 1862, a. 70 ; m. 

2-6. Polly, m. Whitford. (Of this family, Joel Whitford, Sharon, Ct.) 

2-7. Richard Hawley, res. 1870, Orange P. O., Clinton Co., Iowa ; m. 
and said to have three sons and three daughters, all res. in Iowa. 

2-8. Sally, m. Ward. (Of this family, John T. Ward, Woodbury, Ct.) 

2-9. Catharine. 

2-3. Betsey Dawson^ b. in Monroe, Ct., Jan. 15, 1788, d. 
Feb. II, 1869, m. July 6, 1806, James Carley,' who was b. 
Dec. 25, 1778, d. March 17, 1858. They had: 
3-1. John, b. May 31, 1807, d. in state of N. Y.,Dec. 17, 1848 ; was 

m. ; no records. 
3-2. Eli A., b. April 12, 1809, d. Feb., 1867 ; m. 
3-3. Hugh, b. Oct. 7, 1 8 1 1 , d. Aug. 18, 1873; m. 

2-5. Hugh F. Dawson, b. in New Haven county, Ct., 
April 26, 1792, d. in Greene Co., N. Y., June 10, 1862, aged 
70, m. in Greene county, Nancy Pearsall, who was b. in 
that county, March 14, 1793, and d. in same place, March 24, 
1850, aged 57. They had nine chn., all Greenville, N. Y. : 
3-4. Betsey Ann, b. Feb. 14, 18 16, res. 1870, New Rutland, III. 

3-5. Francis, b. Jan. 17, 1818. res. 1873, Hotchkissville, Ct. ; m. 
3-6. William, b. June 20, 1820, res. 1873, Hotchkissville, Ct. ; m. 
3-7. Henry, b. June 22, 1822, res. 1873, Hotchkissville, Ct. ; m. 
3-8. Maria, b. Sept. 11, 1824, d. March 18, 1865. Austin; Baker. 
3-9. Polly, b. March 13, 1827, res. 1870, La Prairie Centre, III. 

Lamoreaux ; Halstead. 
3-10. Lewis, b. June 19, 1829, res. 1873, Metuchen, N. J. ; m. 
3-11. John, b. April i, 1832, res. 1873, Hotchkissville, Ct. ; m. 
3-12. Hawley, b. July 11, 1835, d. Feb. 12, 1839. 

' The record of the family of James Carley communicated by Mr. G. H. Carley, 
of Danbury, Ct. 

The Dawson Family. 133 

3-2. Eli A. Carley, b. April 12, 1809, d. Feb., 1867, m. 
Laura Hubhell. They had eight children : 

4-1. Lucia, ni. Munson. 

4-2. James. 

4-3. Ellen, m. Lake. 

4-4. Horatio. 
4-5. Eli. 
4-6. John. 
4-7. Emmitt. 
4-8. Charles. 

3-3. Hugh Carley, b. Oct. 7, 181 1, d. Aug. 18, 1873, 

m. Fuller. They had three children : 

4-9. George H., res. 1873, Danbury, Ct. 
4-10. Jennie E., m. W. A. Bedient. 
4-1 1. Julia A., m. W. S. Bailey. 

3-4. Betsey Ann Dawson., b. in Greenville, N. Y., Feb. 14, 
1816, m. John Halstead. They res. 1870, in New Rutland, 
La Salle Co., 111. Three children : 
4-12. Christina. 
4-13. Adaline. 
4-14. Elizabeth. 

3-5. Francis Dawson, b. in Greenville, N. Y., Jan. 17, 
1818, m. 1st., July I, 1843, Betsey Ann Halstead., who d. June, 
1858 ; 2d., Sept. 7, 1859, EHxabeth Merriam., who was b. in 
Watertown, Ct., May 6, 1836. He is a manufacturer of 
woolen goods, being engaged in that business with his brothers, 
William, Henry and John. Res. 1873, Hotchkissville, Litch- 
field Co., Conn. Children : 
4-15. Sophronia, b. Jan. 30, 1845. 
4-16. Caroline, b. Feb. 10, 1847. 
4-17. Nancy, b. March 11, 1850. 
4-18. Lewis, b. May, ig, 1856, d. 1857. 
. 4-19. Louis Eugene, b. May 26, 1864. 
4-Z0. Erwin Clinton, b. May i, 1871. 

3-6. William Dawson, b. in Greenville, N. Y., June 20, 
1820, m. May 13, 1850, Mary P. Thompson., who was b. in 
South Britainf Ct., July 12, 182,8. Res. 1873, Hotchkissville, 
Conn. Children : 

4-21. Alice, b. in Medusa, N. Y., April 14, 1857. 
4-22. Emma, b. in Stuyvcsant, N. Y., June 28, 1861. 

134 "^he Dawson Family. 

3-7. Henry Dawson, b. in Greenville, N. Y., June 22, 
1822, m. Sarah A. Ward. Res. 1873, Hotchkissville, Conn. 
One child : 
4-23. Catharine. 

3-8. Maria Dawson^ b. in Greenville, N. Y., Sept. 11, 
1824, d. March 18, 1865. She m. ist., Eliakim Austin; 
2d., LuMAN Baker. Two children: 
4-24. Emeline. 
4-25. Lucius. 

3-9. Polly Dawson, b. in Greenville, N. Y., March 13, 
1827, m. 1st., Alvah Lamoreaux ; 2d., Samuel Halstead. 
Res. 1870, La Prairie Centre, Marshall Co., 111. Five chn. : 
4-26. Lorenzo. 
4-27. Ida. 
4-28. Emma. 
4-29. Marcella. 
4-30. Frank. 

3-10. Lewis Dawson, b. in Greenville, N. Y., June 19, 
1829, m. June 6, i860, Serina Thomas, who was b. in Wood- 
bury, Ct., June 17, 1838. Res. 1873, Metuchen, Middlesex 
Co., N. J. Two children : 
4-31. Effie, b. Feb. 19, 1864. 
4-32. May, b. May 20, 1866. 

3-11. John Dawson, b. in Greenville, N. Y., April i, 
1832, m. 1st., March 2, 1857, Mary Allen, who was b. in 
Bethlehem, Ct., Aug. 2, 1835, d. in Hotchkissville, Dec. 28, 
1858 ; 2d., June 6, i860, Clementine S. Thomas, who wash, in 
Hotchkissville, Sept. 24, 1841. Res. 1873, Hotchkissville, 
Ct. Two children : 

4-33. Rosetta, b. June 11, 1864, d. aged 15 months. 
4-34. A daughter, b. and d. Jan. 30, 1866. 

Note. William Dawson and w. Emtlint, with children Sarah J., Ann E., 
Diantha, Martha and Anna, also one Josephine Dawson, were listed as residents of 
Woodbury, Conn., between 1st. Nov., 1852, and ist. iVIarch, 1855. — See Cothren's 
tVoaiury, p. 798. From Mr. William Dawson, of Hotchkissvflle, is learned the 
facts that his namesalce of Woodbury removed thence to Norwalk, and, while em- 
ployed there in a woolen mill, disappeared suddenly, and has never been heard from 
since. He had a brother, James Dawson, in Rockville, Ct., and one named Robson 
Dawson, who " went west and died." They were born in England. 


Of Barnet, Vermont, about 1800. 

From Mr. Adam Dawson, of Ntiu London, Ct., 1870-75, and others, the fallowing : 

1. Peter Dawson, a cabinet maker, noted for the perfection 
of his workmanship, was b. about 1770, at Linlithgo, near Edin- 
burgh, Scotland, where his father, James Dawson, lived and 
died.' His uncle, Abram Dawson, was a large and wealthy 
distiller of that place. His mother's maiden name was Jenny 
Drummond, and he had two brothers — William, who d. in 
Scotland, though he had resided for a short time in this country, 
and Adam, who d. young. He m. in Scotland, Margaret Selkirk, 
and emigrated shortly after to the city of New York, about the 
year 1800, where he had a married sister, who had preceded 
him — the wife of a merchant named Lang. Mr. Dawson and 
his wife remained in the city only a few months, and removed 
thence to Barnet, Caledonia Co., Vermont, where they resided 
for many years. They afterwards removed to Derry, N. H. 
He d. in Windham, near Derry, 4 Sept., 1829, aged 59, and 
she d. in Methuen, Mass., Feb., 1838, aged 57. They had 
nine children, all b. in Barnet, Vt. : 

2-1. James, b. April, l8oz, res. 1873, in Worcester, Mass. ; urim. 
z-z. Jane, b. Oct., 1803, d. in Harvard, Mass., i86i,agcd 58. Ingerson. 
2-3. Adam, b. Sept. 4, 1805, res. 1873, New London, Ct. ; ot. 
2-4. Margaret Barr, b. July 9, 1807, res. 1873, Clinton, Mass. Coulter.. 
2-5. Janet Monteith, b. March 4, 1809, res. 1873, in Methuen, Mass. 

2-6. John Selkirk, b. Sept., 1811, res. 1873, Putnam, Ct. ; m. 

' Probably related to Adam Dawson, Esq., of Bonnytoun, Linlithgowshire, who 
m. Frances Mac Kell, dau. of Patrick Mac Kcll, Esq., of Craigie, and had (his third 
son) Adam Dawson, Esq , of Bonnytoun, b. 1793, educated at the University of 
Edinburgh, a justice of the peace and deputy lieutenant for Linlithgowshire, pro- 
prietor of Bonnytoun, and formerly one of the sheriff's substitutes for Linlithgowshire. 
He m. 18x4. Helen, dau. of John Ramage, Esq , of Edinburgh, and has, with other 
issue, Adam, a magistrate and sheriff's substitute for county Linlithgow, b. 1829. — 
Walford's County Families of the United Kingdom. , 

136 'The Dawson Fafnily. 

2-7. Hannah, b. abt. 1813, d. in Derry, N. H., Jan., 1830, aged 17. 
2-8. Isabella, b. Aug. 22, 1817, d. in Springfield, Mass., March 28, 

1857. Mattoon. 
2-9. Sarah Gilson, b. abt. Jan. 1819, res. 1872, in Lancaster, Mass. ; 


2-2. Jane Dawson, b. in Barnet, Vt., Oct., 1803, m. in 
Wilmington, Mass., David H. Ingerson, of Vermont. She d. 
in Harvard, Mass., 1861, leaving five sons: 
3-1. William Wallace,^b. in Windham, Mass., res. 1873, in Worcester, 

Mass. ; unm. 
3-2. James, b. in Grafton, Mass., res. Worcester, Mass.; unm. 
3-3. John S., b. in Orono, Me., d. abt. 1864, in Trenton, Mass. ; unm. 
3-4. Frederick A., b. in Lancashire, N. H., res. 1873, New London, 

Ct. ; m., no children. 
3-5. David Harvey, b. in Lancashire, N. H., res. Worcester, Mass. ; 

m., no children. 

2-3. AD.A.M Dawson, b. in Barnet, Vt., Sept. 4, 1805, m. 
in Albany, N. Y., Jan. 24, 1843, Louisa Jones, of Westfield, 
Mass. He res. 1873, in New London, Ct. 

Mr. Dawson has been engaged for the past forty years in the 
building of railroads and other public works. In 1 831, he con- 
structed, under contract, a portion of the Boston and Lowell 
R. R. — the first railroad in New England. In 1833-4 he built 
a section of the Boston and Worcester R. R., and in 1835 a 
part of the Bangor and Piscataquis R. R., of Maine. After 
this he had a contract on the Croton Water Works, at New York, 
which occupied him a year and a half. The Hartford and New 
Haven R. R., 1839, and the Western (Boston and Albany) R. 
R., 1840-41, were his next undertakings. In 1844-5 ^^ built 
eleven miles of the Fall River and Myrick R. R., besides doing 
other railroad work in New England. In 1846 he built the 
foundation of the Bay State Mills, at Lawrence, Mass., and in 
the two following years, in connection with his brother-in-law, 
Mr. Mattoon, he built the Worcester and Nashua R. R., forty- 
five miles in length. Twelve miles of the Ohio and Mississippi 
R. R. were built by him in 1852, and the masonry of fifteen 
or twenty miles of the Wabash Valley R. R., besides a part of 
the grading of same, in 1853-55. In 1856-57 he constructed 
the masonry of the Suspension Bridge, at Cincinnati, 0., and in 
1858 he contracted for the building of the Brooklyn, N. Y., 

The Dawson Family. 137 

Water Works, to which he devoted the two following years. 
The extension of the Boston and Fall River R.'R. to Newport 
was done by him in 1861-62, after which, during the civil war, 
he was engaged in various public works in the city of Worcester, 
Mass. In 1867, in company with two other gentlemen, he pur- 
chased the extensive and valuable granite quarries at East Lyme, 
Conn., and has since built a number of light houses on the 
New England coast, of which that at Sabin's Point, at the mouth 
of Providence river, built in 1872, is the largest and costliest — 
being one of the best of the government works of this character. 
It would be difficult to point to a life more industriously or use- 
fully spent.' Mr. Dawson has had five children : 
3-6. Mary Louisa, b. in Springfield, Mass., Nov., 1843, res. New 

London, Ct. ; unm. 
3-7. Adam, b. in Worcester, Mass., May, 18+5, d. .^pril, 1846. 
3-8. Margaret, b. in Worcester, Oct. 20, 1847, d. .April, 1853. 
3-9. Caroline Elizabeth, b. in Worcester, .'^pril 9, 1849, res. New 

London, Ci. ; unm. 
.3-10. Marion Augusta, b. in Worcester, June, 1850, d. .•^ug. 29, 1851. 

2-4. Margaret Barr Dawson, b. in Barnet, Vt., July 9, 
1807, m. Nov. 28, 1832, James W. Coulter, who was b. in 
Cambridge, Washington Co.,N. Y., Aug. 31, r8o6,and d. Feb. 
4, 1 87 1. He enlisted, 1 861, in the22dRegt. N. Y. Vols., for two 
years ; was discharged at expiration of term of service, June 6, 
1863 ; reenlisted in the 2d N. Y. Veteran Cavalry, and after 
serving about one year was discharged on account of old age. 
She res. 1873, Clinton, Mass. They had eight children : 
3-11. Peter, b. in Jackson, N. Y., Oct. 7, 1833, d. Oct. 27, 1833. 
3-12. Henrietta, b. iti Troy, N. Y., May 2, 1836, res. 1873, in 

Clinton. Mass. ; unm. 
3-13. Clarence L., b. in Troy, N. Y.,July i, 1838, enlisted in the 123d 

Regt. N. Y^ Vols., and d. in hospital at .Alexandria, Va., Oct. 

' Mr. D. wrote. May 19, 1870, as follows : 

" I left Vermont at the age of 22, and have not resided there since. I did not 
know of any other family of our name in the state, and have seldom met viy of the 
name since I left it. Although I have traveled through all the New England states 
and most of the western states, I have not seen more than three or four that I re- 
member. In 1838, 1 looked over the Directory in New York city, and found but 
three or four of that name in it, and as the name has greatly multiplied since that 
time I think there must have been some fresh arrivals from over the water, of late 
years." [Mr. Dawson is quite right in regard to the new comers — they are very 
numerous — but he is in error in regard to the number of Dawsons named in the 
New York Oil Directory for 1S38. It contained the addresses of fourteen persons 
and one business firm of our name ] 


;38 The Dawson Family. 

2, 1863, from wounds received at the battle of Chancellorsville. 

He was mm. 
3-14. [Coulter].* William James, b. inTroy, Feb. 13, 1841, res. 

1873, in Clinton, Mass. ; >n. 
3-15. John T., b. in Troy, May 4, 1843, res. 1873, in New London, 

Ct. ; m. 
3-16. Fannie S., b. in Jackson, N. Y., Aug. 27, 1844, res. 1873, in 

Clinton, Mass. Hunt. 
3-17. Sarah M., b. in Cambridge, Aug. 3, 1 846, d. in Clinton, Mass., 

Nov. 25, i%66, unm. 
3-18. Dawson, b. in Cambridge, March 13, 1849, res. 1873, in Clinton, 

Mass. ; harness maker ; unm. 

2-5. Janet Monteith Dawson., b. in Barnet, Vt., March 4, 1 809, 
m. April 5, 1831, John Sticjcney, who was b. in Atkinson, 
N. H., June 12, 1806. Res. 1873, in Methuen, Mass. Three 
children, all b. in that town :' 
3-19. Andrew Jackson, b. May 15, 1832, res. 1873, in New London, 

Ct. ; u>im. 
3-20. William Hardy, b. Sept. 24, 1833, res. 1873, in Methuen ; m. 
3-21. Lafayette, b. Sept. 21, 1844 ; res. 1873, in Warren, Maine ; m. 

2-6. John Selkirk Dawson, railroad contractor, b. in 
Barnet, Vt., Sept., 181 1, res. 1873, Putnam, Ct. He m. about 
1838, Salome Emerson, and had : 

3-22. Fanny E., b. in Bangor, Me., May, 1839, res. 1873, Sacramento, 
Cal. ; unm. 

2-8. Isabella Dawson, b. in Barnet, Vt., Aug. 22, 1817, m. 
in Troy, N. Y., May 11, 1843, William Mattoon, railroad 
contractor, who was b. in Vienna, N. Y., May 21, 1814. She 
d. in Springfield, Mass., March 28, 1857. ^r. Mattoon res. 
1873, in Springfield. They had three children : 
3-Z3. William Peter, b. in Springfield, April 9, 1844, res. 1873, 

Springfield ; m. 
3-24. Isabella Jane, b. in Avon, N. Y., Nov. 4, 1852, res. 1873, 

Springfield ; unm. 
3-25. Edmund Freeman, b. in Springfield, Feb. 6, 1856, res. 1873, 

Springfield ; unm. 

3-14. William James Coulter, b. in Troy, N. Y., Feb. 
13, 1841, enlisted, July 12, i86i,asa private in the 15th Regt. 
Mass. Vols., served through the entire war, and was discharged 
with the rank of first lieutenant ; was a brave and gallant soldier ; 

■ See Sticknef Gcncalo^i. 

The Dawson Family. 139 

a prisoner for some time in various Confederate prisons. He 
res. 1873, ^^ Clinton, Mass. ; is publisher of the Clinton Courant. 
He m. Miss Selina Craven^ who was b. in England, March 
18, 1842. They have two children : 

4-1. [Coulter.] Clarence C, b. in Clinton, Mass., June i, 1868. 
4-z. Annie May, b. in Philadelphia, Pa., May 31, 1870. 

3-15. John T. Coulter, b. in Troy, N. Y., March 4, 

1843, enlisted, June 6, 1861, in the 22d Regt. N. Y. Vols., for 
two years ; was discharged Nov.* 25, 1 86 1, for reason of 
physical disability ; reenlisted. May 8, 1862, in 25th Regt. Mass. 
Vols., for three years ; was wounded May 14, 1864, while near 
the outer works of Fort Darling, Va. ; and was discharged May 8, 
1865, at expiration of his term of service. He m. June 19, 
1871, Olive Lor'tng, who was b. in Sutton, Mass., Feb. 12, 

1844. They res. 1873, in New London, Ct. One child : 
4-3. Arthur M., b. June 20, 1872. 

3-16. Fannie S. Coulter, b. in Jackson, N. Y., Aug. 27, 
1844, m. in Clinton, Mass., April 6, 1863, George Hunt. 
They res. 1873, '" Clinton. One child : 
4-4. Frank D., b. March 11, 1864. 

3-20. William Hardy Stickney, b. in Methuen, Mass., 
Sept. 24, 1833, m. Feb. 17, 1859, ^"''"^ ^- McNeil. They 
res. 1873, '" Methuen. Two children : 
4-5. Frederick W., b. Aug., i860. 
4-6. Albert A., b. Oct., 1862. 

3-21. Lafayette Stickney, b. in Methuen, Mass., Sept. 
21, 1844, enlisted, March 30, 1864, in Co. K., 57th Regt. 
Mass. Vols., was wounded in the battle of Fort Steadman, 
March, 1 865, and discharged in June, 1 865, the war being ended. 
He m. Dec. 25, 1871, Elsie C. Cobuni. They res. 1873, in 
Warren, Me. One child : 
4-7. Clarence Edson, b. April 6, 1873. 

3-23. William Peter Mattoon, b. in Springfield, Mass., 
April 9, 1844, m. Sept. 8, 1870, Laura A. Goodnow. They 
res. 1873, in Springfield. One child : 
4-8. Laura Isabella, b. July 28, 1871. 

Note. There may have been Dawsons in Vermont of earlier date than the 
family of Peter Dawson, of Barnct. At the time when jurisdiction over the terri- 

140 The Dawson Family. 

tory of Vermont was claimed by the Province of New York, numerous tracts ot land 
in Vermont were granted or sold to citizens of New York by the authorities of that 

The following memoranda are from the " Land Papers" of New York, preserved 

Vol. XIX, page 117, July 15, 1765. Return of Survey for John Dawson, and 
four others, "late corporals in the 80th Regt." for 1000 acres, in Shelburne, Ver- 

Vol. XXVII, page S, April 3, 1770. Return of Survey of 600 acres of land in 
Danville, Caledonia Co., Vermont, to Frederick Dawson and others. 

Whether either of these Dawsons removed to Vermont is not known. 

In New Hampshire the name is as rarely met with as in Vermont. Peter Dawson, 
of the foregoing record, lived for a time in New Hampshire, and d. there. Benjamin 
Dawson, of Salem, in that state, a deaf mute, pupil at the Deaf and Dumb Asylum, 
Hartford, Ct., was killed at Hartford, Oct. 17, 1857, a train on the Hartford and 
New Haven R. R. passing over him. 


OfMillbury,Mas6., AND Broad Brook, Conn., 1845-1868.' 

From the Misses Dawson, of South Noriualk, Conn., 1873, "'"' "''"'h '^' folloiuing : 

1. John Dawson,' grandfather of Henry Dawson, above 
named, was b. in Kendall, Westmoreland, England, probably 
between 1735 and 1740. He was by trade a wool comber, and 
is reputed to have been a person of fine appearance, and of more 
than ordinary address and education for a man in his station 
(being able to read and speak Latin), but of somewhat improvi- 
dent habits. He lived to be 75 years of age, or upwards. He 
m., about 1765, Mar'garet Calvert^ dau of Matthew Calvert, 
of Lancaster. Their eldest son was : 

z-l. Matthew, named for his maternal gr. father, by whom he was 
" bound to the sea," at the age of. twelve years. At the age of 
twenty-four he sailed from Liverpool for Africa, the second in 
command of a merchantman or trader. The captain d. of fever 
on the voyage, and he of the same disease after reaching the coast 
of Guinea, within a year after leaving England The news of his 
death hastened that of his mother, who d. soon after. 
2-2. Mark, second son of John Dawson, became a tailor, and lived and 

d. in Preston, Lancashire, where his children now reside. 
2-3. John, a seaman, married, and when last heard of was living in 
Whitehaven, Cumberland. 
There were six daughters, two of whom d. in infancy, and two 
more d. unmarried. The others were : 
2-4. Agnes, m. John King, and had several children; lived in Blackburn, 

Lancashire ; and 
2-5. Mary, b. in Hawes, Yorkshire, Dec. 10, 1775, d. at Holcombe, 

Lancashire, Sept. 4, 1841; ; mother of 
3-1. Henry Dawson, the emigrant above named, born in Preston, Lan- 
cashire, Oct. 13, 1799. She m. in Preston, Thomas Crompton, 
b. in Holcombe, Parish of Bury, Lancashire, May 13, 1768, d. 
Nov. 27, 1849, eldest son of Ralph Crompton. They had 
seven children, all b. in Lancashire : 

' No. 3-1 of this Record. 

" His father, Henry Dawson, was game keeper on a nobleman's estate, called 
Lcvens Park, for forty years. The father of Henry Dawson, game keeper, was also 
3 game keeper on the same estate for about the same length of time. His Christian 
name it not known. 

142 The Dawson Family. 

3-z. [Crompton.] James, b in Preston. April 15, 1803, res. 1873, 

Windsor Locks, Ct. ; ?n. 
3-3. Rachel, b. in Preston, Dec. 21, 1804, d. Feb. 21, 1806. 
3-4. William, b. in Preston, Sept. 10, 1806, res. 1873, Windsor, Ct. ; m. 
3-5. Ellen, b. in Holcombe, March 30, 1811, res. 1873, Hartford Co., 

Ct. Crompton. 
3-6. Ralph, b. in Holcombe, Oct. 7, 1814, d. in Rochester, Wis., March 

18, 1872 ; m. 
3-7. Matthew, b. in Holcombe, Nov. 19, 1818, d. aged 7 m«s. 
3-8. Margaret, twin sister of Matthew, d. aged 3 mos. 

3-1. Henry Dawson, b. in Preston, Lancashire, England, 
Oct. 13, 1799, m. 1^21, Alice Wostenholme^Azw. of John Wos- 
tenholme, of Holcombe, Lancashire. He came to America in 
1845, and in the subsequent year his family followed him. 
They lived for two years in Millbury, Mass., whence they re- 
moved to Broad Brook, Hartford Co., Conn., which was his 
home the remainder of his life, and where he d. after a short ill- 
ness, in February, 1868. He had an excellent memory, and 
great love for and success in gardening. His wid. res., 1873, 
at Broad Brook'. They had fifteen children, all b. in Lanca- 
shire, England, as follows: 
4-1. John, b. in Nuttall Lane, Jan. 11, 1822, res. 1873, Worcester, 

Mass. ; m. 
4-2. Samuel, b. in Nuttall Lane, Aug. i, 1823, d. Oct. 2, 1827. 
4-3. Mary, b. in Nuttall Lane, March 12, 1825, d. Nov. I, 1826. 
4-4. George, b. in Nuttall Lane, Jan. 12, 1827, res. 1873, Blair, 

Neb. ; m. 
4-5. Mary, b. in Nuttall Lane, Oct. 22, 1828, res. 1873, Broad Brook, 

Ct. Benjamin : Nichols. 
4-6. William A., b. in Nuttall Lane, July 15, 1830, res. 1873, Beloit, 

Wis. ; m. 
4-7. Charles, b. in Nuttall Lane, April 9, 1832, res. 1873, Holden, 

Mass. ; m. 
4-8. Robert W., b. in Nuttall Lane, Nov. 3, 1833, res. 1873, Blair, 

Neb. ; m. 
4-9. Alice L., b. in Nuttall Lane, March 12, 1835, res. 1873, So. 

Norwalk, Ct. ; unm. 
4-10. Elizabeth, b. in Belmont, Dec. 4, 1836, res. 1873, Canaan, Ct. 

4-11. Rachel M., b. in Belmont, July 21, 1839, res. 1873, South 

Noiwalk, Ct. ; unm. 
4-12. Henry, b. in Belmont, March 29, 1841, res. 1873, Worcester, 
Mass. ; m. 

■ Mrs. Dawson, her son Robert, and daughters Mary, Elizabeth and Alice, were 
of the twenty original members of the Congregational Church at Broad Brook, organ- 
ized May 4, 1S51. 

T^he Dawson Family. 143 

4-13. Jane, b. in Belmont, March 31, 1843, res. 1873, South Norwalk, 

Ct. ; unm. 
4-14. James E., b. at Whitefield, May 28, 1845, res. 1873, Worcester, 

Mass. ; m. 
4-15. Joshua B , twin brother of James E., d. at Milibury, Mass., Oct. 

31, 1847. 

3-2. James Crompton, b. in Preston, Lancashire, England, 
April 15, 1803, resides 1873, at Windsor Locks, Ct. Chn.: 
4-16. Margaret Johnson, res. Amesbury, Mass. 
4—17. Thomas, res. Hartford, Ct. ; 711. ; no further records. 
4-18. Ellen Johnson, res. Amesbury, Mass. 
4-19. Ann, unm. 
4-20. Rachel Tate, res. Illinois. 

4—21. James, res. Windsor Locks ; m. ; no further records. 
4-22. Alice. 
4-23. Mary. 

3-4. William Crompton, b. in Preston, Lancashire, 
England, Sept. 10, 1806, came to America in 1836, and in 
the following year invented the loom which bears his name.' 
He res. 1873, in Windsor, Ct. He m. in England, May 26, 
1828, Sall'ie (or Sarah) Law., b. in Holcombe, Lancashire, May 
22, 1807, d. in Milibury, Mass., Jan. 30, 1849, youngest dau. 
of George and Kitty Buckley Law. They had eight children : 
4-24. George, b. in Holcombe, March 23, 1829, res. 1873, Worcester, 

Mass. ; m. 
4-25. Elizabeth, b. in Holcombe, Nov. 17, 1830, res. 1873, Windsor, 

4-26. Mariana, b. in Manchester, Eng., Nov. 12, 1832, res. 1873, 
Hartford, Ct. ; m. Thomas Crompton ; no issue. 

4-27. Catharine, b. in Haslingden, Eng., Nov. 2, 1834, res. 1873, 
Windsor, Ct. ; unm. 

4-28. Sarah Anne, b. in Holcombe, Sept. 10, 1836, res. 1873, Windsor, 


4-29. William, b. in Holcombe, May, 1839, d. Oct., 1839. 
4-30. William Henry, b. in Milibury, Mass., June 28, 1845. 
4-31. Thomas Ralph, b. in Milibury, Dec. 12, 1848, d. .-^ug., 1849. 

3-5. Ellen Crompton., b. in Holcombe, Lancashire, England, 
March 30, 181 1, res. 1873, Hartford Co., Ct., m. in Rams- 
botham, Lancashire, Feb. 23, 1852, James Crompton, who 
d. Sept. 21, 1861. They had one child : 

■ Samuel Lawrence deposed that the invention and introduction of the Crompton 
Loom had been " ot' incalculable bentlit to the wool and woolen interests of the 
countf)-." The spinning mule was invented by a relative, Samuel Crompton, of 

144 '^^^^ Dawso?! Fmnily. 

4-32. [Crompton.] Marv Alice, b. in Ramsbotham, Dec. 4, 1853, 
d. in Pleasant Valley, Ct., Dec. 5, 1868. 

3-6. Ralph Crompton, b. in Holcombe, Lancashire, Eng- 
land, Oct. 7, 1814, d; in Rochester, Wis., March 18, 1872 ; 
m. July 4, 1844, at Prestwich Church, near Burj', Lancashire, 
Margaret Bradley^ who was b. in Marton, Yorkshire, England, 
Dec. 12, 18 16, dau. of Thomas Bradley. Two children : 
4-33. Mary Jane, b. in Millbury, Mass., Nov. 15,1845, res. 1873, 

Rochester, Wis. Jackson. 
4-34. Elizabeth Ellen, b. in Springfield, Mass., Nov. 17, 1848. 

4-1. John Dawson, b. at Nuttall Lane, Lancashire, Eng., 
Jan. II, 1822, machinist, m. in Bolton, Lancashire, Feb. 28, 
1842, "Jane Berrw, who was b. in Longworth, Eng., June 15, 
1818, dau. of Henry and Sarah Berry. They res. 1873, in 
Worcester, Mass. Four children, all of whom res. 1873, in 
Worcester : 

5-1. Sarah Ann, b. in Worcester, July 14, 1844. 
5-2. William Henry, b. in Millbury, May 20, 1846; m. 
5-3. Louisa Alice, b. in Millbury, April 6, 1848. 
5-4. John Albert, b. in Worcesier, .'^ug. 26, i860. 

4-4. George Dawson, farmer, b. at Nuttall Lane, Lan- 
cashire, England, Jan. 12, 1827, m. in Chepachet, R. L, July 29, 
1849, Alice Ann Wolfenden^ who was born in Lancashire, June 
13, 1824. They removed to Wisconsin in 1850, and thence 
in 1870 to Grant, Washington Co., Nebraska, where she d. 
Feb. 21, 1871, and where he now resides (1873). ^'^'^ chn. : 
5-5. Elizabeth Alice, b in Wawatosa, Wis., May 12, 1852. 
5-6. Jessie Theresa, b. in Wawatosa, Aug. 15, 1855. 
5-7. Mary Jane, b. in Rochester, Wis., Oct. 19, 1857. 
5-8. Agnes, b. in Watertbrd. Wis., Feb. 25, 1861. 
5-9. Irwcll Charles, b. in Waterford, Oct. 24, 1862. 

4-5. Mary Dawson, b. at Nuttall Lane, Lancashire, Eng., 
Oct. 22, 1828, m. 1st., at Scantic, Conn., June 30, 1850, 
Isaac Benjamin, b. in N. Y. and d. leaving one dau. : 
5-10. Annie R., b. at Broad Brook, Ct., Nov. 10, 1856. 

The mother m. 2d., at Broad Brook, May 31, 1868, Sabin 
S. Nichols. They res. 1873, at Broad Brook, and have one 
dau. : - 

5-11. Marian J., b. at Broad Brook, Aug. 27, 1870. 

The Dawson Family. 145 

4-6. William A. Dawson, b. at Nuttall Lane, Lan- 
cashire, Eng., July 15, 1830, m. in Springfield, Mass., Aug. i, 
1853, Caroline IV. Blodgett., who was b. in East Windsor, 
Conn. They res. in Beloit, Wis., having removed to that 
state in 1857. ^'^- Dawson was in the Union service during 
the late war, having enlisted for three years, but during a part 
of the time was detailed for the repairing of guns, etc., for his 
company or regiment. He was at one time taken prisoner, 
and was confined in Libby Prison, Richmond, for twelve days. 
In his business of a machinist he is remarkably ingenious, and 
is much resorted to for the construction of models of new in- 
ventions, patterns, dies, etc. — all requiring in the artisan em- 
ployed on them something of the inventive faculty. Eight 
children : 

5-1 2. William B., b. at Meriden, Ct., Jan. 8, 1856. 
5-13. George W., b. at Broad Brook, Ct., July 2, 1857. 
5-14. Edwin R., b. at Spring Prairie, Wis., Nov. 13, 1858. 
5-15. Henry A., b. at Beloit, Wis., June 25, 1861. 
5-16. Alfred R. L., b. at Beloit, March 13, 1866, d. at Beloit, July 23, 

5-17. Harriet A , b. at Beloit, Nov. 16, 1868. 
5-18. Charles F., b. at Beloit, March 24, 1871. 
5-19. Wallace J., b. at Beloit, Feb. 10, 1873. 

4-7. Charles Dawson, b. at Nuttall Lane, Lancashire, 
Eng., April g, 1832, manufacturer of flannels, m. in North Lee, 
Mass., July 2, 1852, Jane E. Osborn, who was b. in Mass. 
They res. 1873, '" Holden, Mass. Four children ; 
5-20. Alida A , b. in Broad Brook, Ct., Feb. 16, 1854. 
5-21. Carrie E., b. in Springfield, Vt., March 30, 1856. 
5-22. Charles A., b. in Pittsfield, Mass., Sept. 6, i860. 
5-23. Freddie H., b. in Brattleboro, Vt., July 9, 1863, d. Sept., 1863. 

4-8. Robert W. Dawson, photographer, b. in Nuttall 
Lane, Lancashire, Eng., Nov. 3, 1833, m. at Vienna, Wis., 
March 22, i860, Lucy M. Freeman., who was b. at Milwaukee, 
Wis., Dec. 27, 1840. They res. 1873, at Blair, Washington 
county, Nebraska. Four children : 
5-24. Clara Z., b. at Elgin, 111., Nov. 14, i860. 
5-2;. F^lva E., b. at Elgin, Nov. zq, 1861. 
^-26. Robert Nelson, b. at Elgin, March 1, 1865. 
5-27. Charles Henry, b. at Woodstock, 111., Jan. 27, 1866. 


146 The Dawson Family. 

4-10. Elizabeth Dawson, b. at Belmont, Lancashire, England, 
Dec. 4, 1836, m. in Broad Broolc, Ct., Jan. 17, i860, Horatio 
N. Adams, who was b. in Conn. They res. 1873, at Canaan, 
Ct. Five children : 

5-28. James B., b. at Broad Brook, April 15, 1861. 
5-29. Herbert M., b. at Canaan, June 27, i86z. 
5-30. Elsie M., b. at Canaan, Aug. 29, 1864. 
5-31. Mary E., b. at Canaan, Jan. 27, 1866. 
5-32. Lester H., b. at Canaan, Jan. 24, 1867. 

4-12. Henry Dawson, machinist, b. at Belmont, Lanca- 
shire, Eng., March 29, 1841, enlisted in the Union army early 
in the civil war, and was in active service upwards of four years, 
participating in more than twenty battles and skirmishes, but 
was never wounded or taken prisoner, and never sick. He m. 
at Keene, N. H., May 25, 1869, Mrs. Fostina M. Ballou, 
(maiden name Whltcornbe) who was b. in New Hampshire. 
They res. 1873, in Worcester, Mass. 

4-14. James E. Dawson, book keeper, b. at Whitefield, 
Lancashire, Eng., May 28, 1845, m. in Leominster, Mass., 
April 28, 1870, Emma A. Howe, who was b. in Vermont. 
They res. 1873, in Worcester, Mass. 

4-24. George Crompton, b. in Holcombe, Lancashire, 
Eng., March 23, 1829, m. in Hartford, Ct., Jan. 9, 1853, A/(7ry 
Christina Pratt, and res. 1873, "'' Worcester, Mass. He has 
made improvements from year to year on the invention of his 
father, the Crompton Loom, which he manufactures on an ex- 
tensive scale, shipping his looms to all parts of the world. He 
has a family ; no records. 

4-28. Sarah Anne Crompton, b. in Holcombe, Lancashire, 
Eng., Sept. 10, 1836, m. in Boston, Mass., May 10, 1853, 
Rev. Reuel Hotchkliss Tuttle, who was b. in Old Town, 
Me., July 16, 1824.' He is rector of the Episcopal church 
in Windsor, Conn., where they reside (1873). Five children : 
5-33. Annie Elizabeth, b. in Hartford, Ct., March 13, 1854. 
5-34. Mariana, b. in Salisbury, Ct., May 10, 1855. 

■ Tenth child of Samuel Tuttle (d. July 5, 1850, aged 77), and w. Betsey Hotch- 

kiss, (b. May 2, 1779, <*• Aug. 2, 1831), m. ; gr. son of Samuel Tuttle and 

w. Bethiah Miles ; gt. gr. son of Capt. Joseph Tuttle and w. Mercy Thompson. 
Sec p. 48, n. I. 

The Dawsoti Family. 147 

5-35. [TuTTLE.] Lorine Russell, b. in Salisbury, July 3, 1858, d. in 

Salisbury, Sept. 24, 1858. 
5-36. Amy Crompton, twin sister of Lorine R., d. in Windsor, Ct., 

May 24, 1861. 
5-37. Reuel Crompton, b. in Windsor, Sept. 24, 1863. 

4-33. Mary Jane Crompton, b. in Millbury, Mass., Nov. 
15, 1845, m. in Rochester, Wis., Dec. 20, 1871, George 
Jackson, who was b. in Poughkeepsie, N. Y., Dec. 10, 1831. 
They res. 1873, '" Rochester, Wis. 

5-2. William Henry Dawson, b. in Millbury, Mass., 
May 20, 1846, m. in Worcester, Mass., Sept. 14, 1870, Susan 
Evelyn Forbes, who was b. in Rutland, Mass., March 4, 1849, 
dau. of Lyman R., and Nancy B. Forbes. They res. 1873, 
in Worcester. One child : 
6-1. Henry Lyman, b. July 2, 1873. 

"John Dawson, of Monroe, Conn." Since the record be- 
ginning on page 131 was printed, additional information has been 
received by the compiler, which necessitates the following cor- 
rections and additions : 

John Dawson came to America under command of General Clinton, 
1775. He was at the battle of Bun ker Hill, and afterwards joined a corps 
of cavalry and mounted infantry called the Legion, commanded by Major 
TzAeton (nol Cochran). Himself and wife first settled in Connecticut, 
on the Shcpaug river, in Litchfield county, where they lived several years. 
They afterwards lived in Fairfield and New Haven counties, and finally 
removed to Greene county, N. Y., as stated in the record referred to. 
Their children, all b. in Conn., are now named in the order of birlh, as 
follows : 

\. Catharine, who m. John Sharp, and d. aged 36, without issue. 
IL John Charles, b. in Litchfield county about 1785, d. in Greene 
county, N. Y., aged 46, m. Betsey Benson, and had children : George, 
David, Ebenezer, Polly, Harriet and Susan. lU. Sally, m. Wheeler 
Beardsley, and had dau. who m. Thomas Ward ; their son, John T. 
Ward, of Woodbury, Ct. IV. Francis Maxfield, had son Sheldon, 
res. Greenville, N. Y. V. Betsey, concerning whom see p. 132. 

VL Mary Hamilton, m. Whitford, and had six children, who res. 

with their families, in Sharon, Ct., viz. : Joel, Hawley, Levi, William, 
Abby, Belsey. VIL Hugh F., concerning whom see p. 132. VIIL 
Prudence, b. April 3, 1794, m. Reuben Spring, and res. a widow near 

148 T^he Dawson Fa??iily. 

Ansonia, Ct. Five children, all res. near that place, viz. : i. Edmond, 
m. — Buel ; two children. 2. George, m. — Austin ; two children. 3. 
Antoinette, m. Harvey Bryant. 4. Sarah, m. — Farnham. 5. Mary, 
m. Fayette Fairchild. IX. Richard Hawley, b. in Monroe, Ct., April 
10, 1797, removed to Greenville, N. Y., about 1817, and m. there, 
Milly Pearsall, April 1 2, 18 18. In 1 839 they removed to Clinton county, 
Iowa, where she d. June 19,1872. He res. 1873, at DeWitt, in that 
county, and has six 'children, viz. : I. Sally Ann, who m. John Miller. 
He d. 1845. She res. in Iowa, and has three sons. 2. James Knox, 
twice m., has eight children ; George, Wilmot, Lewis, Joseph, Elmore, 
Ada, Ann, Bertie. 3. Caroline, m. Hiram Brown, and had six children : 
Francis Marion, William, Emma, Ella, Caroline, Hattie. 4. Catharine, 
m. Norman Evans, and has seven children : Lyman Hawley, Edgar, 
Madison, Charles, Caroline, Matilda, Ella. 5. Richard Hawley, m. 
Helen Quick, and had five children, all d 6. Smith G., m. Esther 
Jane Hungerford, and has five children : Loretta, Ida, Emma, Hattie, 


Notes relating to early settlers, and records of the families of Henky Dawson, of 
Long Island, Roper Dawson, of New York and Staten Island, George Dawson, 
of New York and Michigan, Abraham Dawson, of New York city and Ithaca, 
Henry Dawson, of Brooklyn and Cohoes, N. Y., James and Thomas Dawson, of 
New York city, John and James S. Dawson, of Brooklyn, and others. 

Unfortunately for his design, the compiler, although residing in or near 
the city of New York a number of years, has been able to devote but 
little time to the collection of the records of the families of his name in 
this locality. Some of the records which are herewith presented are, 
therefore, imperfect and fragmentary, but the insertion of them in their 
present state is rendered unavoidable from the fact that an attempt to 
perfect them now would unduly delay the publication of this work, and 
their omission would be inconsistent with the spirit in which the work has 
been undertaken. To the genealogical student the injunction, "Gather 
up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost," is an ever present 
inspiration. He treasures up every name, fact and date which suggests 
the possibility of aiding him in his inquiries, of throwing any light upon 
the history of families or individuals within the line of his investigations. 

The following specimen " treasure trove " may be of service to whom- 
soever shall attempt to do more thoroughly, what the compiler hereof re- 
luctantly leaves to other hands in the field of family research : 

One Hans Dawson was a resident of Broad street, in the city of New York, when 
the Dutch ruled here. Whence and when came he '■ 

Thomas Dawson, who described himself as *' of the parish of St. Paul, Shadwell, 
in the county of Middlesex " [England], " marriner, aged nine and thirty years, or 
thereabouts," made an affidavit dated Feb. 19, 1691, setting forth the condition of 
affairs in New Yor.k, at the time of his arrival, '* on or about the eight and twentieth 
day of January, with Captain Richard Ingoldsby, in the ship Beaver. "- 

A marriage license was granted to Thomas Dawson and Mary Thaxicr, by Lord 
Cornbury, governor of the province, June 9, 1705.3 

Thomas Dawson was, in 171 1, a contributor towards building the steeple of 
Trinity church.-i 

William Dawson and Elizabeih Read were, upon due filing of a marriage bond, 
licensed to marry, June 13, 1738.5 

These were similarly licensed in 1756 : April 12, Rachil Cay/er and Dennis Van 
Dorson'; April 13, Susannah Dawim and Ellas Anderson ; June 7, Mary Daiuun 
and MvNDERT Van Evera. 

' Letter of Henry B, Dawson, Esa., Sept. 9, 1854. 

• Sec N. r. UlitirlcalSttlil/'s CsllKllutt, 1868, p. Jl8, " Documents relating to the adminhlra- 
lion of Leisler." 

• N. r. Gin. Sf BIsg. Siitrd, vol. 1, p. 17. 

* Berrien's Hliltr; ./ Trinit/ Churth, p. J2J. 
' Bonds were formerly required to be g 

were not required after 178J. — Pftw Ver, 

i860. All the licenses after mentioned from this s 

* This probably was Van Duuricn or Van Dunen } but DawioD \ 

150 The Dawson Family. 

In 1758 (June 3), Boswell Dawson and Phcbc Pell, were licensed to marry.' 

In 1760, licenses were issued to EUanor Dawson and John Sherman, Nov. 3d j and 
to VoLKERT Dawson and Gertrey Dcnison^ Dec. 1 5th. ^ 

In 1762, a part of the Brevoort Estate, lying north of i6th street. New York, and 
consisting of 23 acres, was sold to " Mr. Dawson."3 

Marriage licenses were issued to Henry Dawson and Catharine Kemper, June 15, 
1763 ;■• Richard Dawson and Elizabeth l^an Norden, Feb. 28, 1764,5 Elizabeth Daw- 
son, and Jacobus Van Norden, Oct. 14, 1766. 

Frederick Dawson was a soldier at Oswego in or before 1764, belonging to the 
Fourth Battalion of Royal Americans.' 

John Dawson was one of several disbanded non-commissioned officers, who peti- 
tioned the government, June 13, 1766, praying that money paid to the surveyor 
general of the Province for their Patents might be refunded,? and John Dawson was a 
goldsmith in New York in 1767, having his shop in Old Slip.^ 

Joseph Dawson was one of several who made assignment of their right to bounty 
lands about this date.' 

One Henry Dawson, a Baptist preacher, arrived in New York " from Dr. Gif- 
ford's church, in London," in 1767. He " otfered himself to our Association, but 
being under the censure of his church, was rejected again and again, so that he stands 
alone, railing at associations and regular ministry." He removed to Newport, R. I., 
and there reconstituted a church which had fallen to pieces, adding to it a few which 
he himself baptized. Of the church thus organized his unfriendly contemporary says 
they " are not likely to hold together long." — '» He appears to have returned to 
England a few years later, and to have been no better liked there." 

These received license to marry: Rachel Dawson and John Reeves, April 11, 
1775 ; Thomas Dawson and Lena Magee, March 6, 1778. 

Daniel Dawson was a fifer — ^enlisted for three years, in Col. Peter Gansevoort's 
company, Third New York Regiment — in winter quarters at Albany from Dec. 1, 
1778 to March 15, 1779." 

Mary Dawson of New York, widow, made a will 16 Jan., 1783, which was pro- 
bated on the 17th of March following, naming a dau. Sarah, w. of David Man, 

^ Roscvillc Dawson and Phebe, his wife (probably 
occasioned by clerical mistake) conveyed land in New 
Rtctrds of Duds, vol. 40, p. 468. 

2 '* 1771, Dec. Z2. Volkert Dawson, from New York, has arrived here [Albany] at 8 o'clock in 
the afternoon."— r«ti Eyci Family Ricordi, N. r. Gin. S" Biog. Rtcord, No. 4, p. jo. 

1785, Dec. 22. The city clerk of Albany was ordered to draw an order on the city chamberlain 
for £9 to pay account of Volkert Dawson. — Munsell's Collectioni, vol. 1, p. 261. 

1786, Feb. 7. The same official, on same, order for j bushels of wheat, favor of Volkert Dawson.— 
ttid, 26j. 

" Volkert Dawson [DaasonJ and w. Geertruy Hilton (.') had six children, Barent, b. Oct. 26, 
'765; Rycken, b. Oct. 25, 1765 ? : Maria, b. and bapt. Dec. 25, 1769; Ariaantze, b. Dec. II, 
I771 i Willem, b. Aug. 2, 1778."— Pearson's Contriiutiani « (*. GtniaUgi,, ofihtjir:! SitlUn ./ 

3 Todd Gentalogy, p. 22. 

'Henry Dawson sold land in New York to Walter Franklin, 1768.— N. r. Co. R.tord, of Duds, 
vol. jS, p. 2J7. 

5 Richard Dawson had conveyance of land in New York from Cornelius Ticbont and w. 1765. — 
«.<i, 39,48). 

« English Manuscripts, at Albany, vol. 9J, p. 7. (Sec p. 140). 

' Ikid, vol. 94, p. 22. (See p. 140). 

* New yorit during the Revolution, from papers in the Mercantile Library. John Dawson and 
Elizabeth, his wife, sold land in New York to George Gosman, 1794, and Andrew Hamcrslcy, 1S04. 
Conveyances were made to John Dawson by Barnct Moonev, 1789, and Ann, Jane and Luke 
Kicrsted, 1796, 1799 ^""l 1801.— f. Y. Co. Records of Deeds, vois. 54 and 142. John Dawson made 
will dated 25 Sept., 1807, probated 12 Jan., 1808, naming two children, David and John, both 
then minors.— N. T. Co. Surrogate's Records. 

» Land Papers, at Albany, vol, yj, p. 95. 

" Materials for a History of the Baptists in Rhode Island.— 'By Rev. Morgan Edwards, in R. I. 
His. Soc. Collections, 5, J4i- 

*' '^ Some froward men " [are already emboldened] *' to set up for themselves, under the color 
of Protestant dissenters ; and among the rest, lately, one Mr. Dawson, a Sabbatarian Baptist, not 
long since in New England." Letter of Rev. Benj. Wallin, of London, Aug. }0, 1777, to Rev. 
James Manning, first president of Brown University, R. L— See Life, Times and Correspondence 
of James Manning, 249. 

" Saffel's Records of the Revolutionary tVar, p. 168. 

The Daivson Family. 151 

butcher J a dau. Mary, formerly w. of Minard Van Everen (above named Myndert 
Van Evera), now w. of Archard Getfield ; a dau. Susannah, w. of Alias Anderson 
(Ellas Anderson above), and their dau. Elizabeth; a gr. dau. Mary Weeks; a son 
Richard Dawson, and his sons, Charles and James ; ; 
(Boswell or Roseville Dawson above named), who was 1 
several of the before mentioned is thus indicated.' 

In 1784 (27th of loth month) the Friends worshipping in Queen (now Pearl) 
etreet. New York, " agreed with Nathan Dawson to take care of the meeting-house 
at £12 per annum." = 

John Dawson, of Glenville, Schenectady Co., m. Jacomyntjt Groot. about i8o8.3 

Abram Dawson was a preacher in the Tioga Circuit, Susquehanna District, N. Y., 
(M. E. Church), and in Canaan Circuit, same district, 1819. "He was a good 
preacher, but his success was not marked." ^ 

No one of the name is mentioned in the first Directory of New York, which was 
published in 1786. 5 The Directory of 1790 contains the names of John Dawson, 
who was a hair-dresser in Courtlandt St., and of Joshua Dawson, 4 Magazine street. 
The latter is not afterwards mentioned, but the name of the former reappears until 
18CX5. Thomas Dawson, a miner, came in 1791, and was here also the next year ; 
William Dawson, jeweler, was here from 1795 to 1797 ; Thomas, a mariner, was 
here in 1796. 1799, 1803, and 1805 — perhaps absent on voyages the intermediate 
years; Abraham, also a mariner, appears once only, 1796;^ Francis, a boarding- 
house keeper and ship-broker, was here from 1797 till 1803; Tunis, a cartman, 

1801 ; Jonathan, a painter, 1802 and 1806, and Jonathan B., same occupation, 
1808- II ; Thomas, a doctor, from 1802 until 1 8 10 ; 7 another Thomas, blacksmith, 

1802 and 1804; Robert, a livery stabler, came in 1804, and reappears annually, in 
same business, for i 5 years after, and is still named, without occupation stated, for two 
years more ; Samuel, trunkmaker, 1805-15; John, ferry-man, 1805; William, 
mariner, 1806 and 1814; James, ropemaker, 1807; Michael, a mason, 1809 and 
1810; Robert, a ship-master, i8io-i5and 1818-21; James, a mariner, herein 
1815 ; Joseph, tinman, 1815-18, James, same occupation, 1820, and Joseph again, 
1824; Samuel, a mariner, 1815, 1820, and 1821 ; Thom.«, a marketman or 
" fruiter," 1815, i8i8,and 1819, and Thomas A., a fruiter, 1822 ; William, a mer- 
chant, 1816, was of firm of William Dawson & Co., 1817 ; George, book-binder, 
18 16, was father of Hon. George Dawson, now of Albany, N. Y. ;» Caleb, saddler, 
here in 1818 and 1820; James, cartman, 1819-21 ; William, tailor, 1819, mer- 
chant, 1820; Isabella, a school teacher, 1820-^5; Jacob H., a cabinet-maker, 
1822-25;' Joseph, tailor, 1822 ; James, weaver, 1823-1826 ; John, mariner, 1824, 
and Thomas, grocer, 1824-26. It is doubtful if more than two or three of these 
were natives of this country ; they were probably for the most part emigrants from 
England and Ireland, though Scotland was also represented. But few seem to have 
established families. 

Since 1825, the names of Dawsons in the city Directory^ which in that year were 
eight only, have increased five fold, and are " too numerous for mention. "'"> Among 
the more prominent have been the English firm of Dawson Brothers (William " and 

* ft. T. Co, Surrogati's Rttardl. 

' Amirtcan Historical Ricordy March, 1872. 

" She was b. Dec. 2, 178S, dau.of Simon C. Grool jr., son of Cornells Groot.— ^m. Gtn. Sf Blog. 
Rtcord., Jan., |87J. Art. : Groot Family. 

» Dr. Geo. Peck's Early Mithodiim, pp. 320, }l5. One of this name res. at Pratt's Hollow, 
Onondaga Co., N. Y., 1850. 

^ The population of the city in this year was 23,614 ; the Dirictory contains only 926 names. 

« His wid. lived at 2 Dover St., 1799. 

' His wid., Catharine, here in 1811 and 1812. 

^Both father and son were natives of Scotland ; see record, following. 

• Also in same business, 1828-1838, afterwards a lumber-dealer for many years ; now resides in 
Newark, N. J.j sec record following. (Family of Henry Dawson, of Long Island). 

**Thc city Dirictory of 1872 contains the addresses of 40 Dawsons, and 2 Dawsans, the latter 
evidently misprinted. 

"Mr, William Dawson became a member of the St. George's Society (English residents) of New 
York, in 1816, and a life member in 1831 ; he was a steward of the Society several years, assist- 
ant Secretary, 1829, and its Secretary, 1830-1835. Jan. 21, 1853, Mary Ann Dawson, and Robert 
L. Dawson (whose house was in England) gave notice by advertisement for claims *^ against the 

152 The Dawson Family. 

Robert), established in 1825, a large mercantile house for twenty-five years after; 
George H., cabinet-maker, 18 34-1 848; William B., watchmaker and jeweller, 
1837-1845; George W., clothier, 1838-1843, furniture, 1844-1853, said to have 
been b. in Scotland; his wid., Esther, milliner,afterwards photographs, 1854-1868; 
John, a well-known Scotch poulterer in Fulton Market, 1844-1871;' Benjamin 
F., 51 Bond St., 1833; Elizabeth, wid. of Benj. F., school, 41 Bond St., 1834; 
Benjamin F., clerk, merchant and banker, 1836-1866; his son, Benjamin F., 
physician and editor, 1867-1872;= Henry B., bookkeeper, printer and publisher, secre- 
tary and editor, 1844-1872 ;3 John, druggist, 1849- 18 54; from Queens Co., Ireland, 
Ralph, brassfounder, 1849-1867; William H., fruit merchant, 1849-1854;-' Peter, 
grate maker, 1847 1853, assemblyman, N. Y. Legislature, 1854-1856, clerk and in- 
spector, custom house, 1855-1861, various occupations, 1862-1872; Abraham, 
butcher, 1850-1853-1862; Samuel, segars, 1853-1864; George, carpenter, 1853- 
1866 ; RoLLiN L., gold pens, 1854-1857 ;5 Charles C, accountant, 1855, mineral 
waters, 1 8 69- 1872 ;* John H., druggist, 1856-1872;? John M., ^spices, 1854, broker, 
1855, drugs, 1856-1862, hops and malt, 1863-1 865, spices, etc., 1867-1872; Henry 
P., physician, 1857,- James, manufacturer of britannia ware, etc., 1857-1872;? 
Thomas, ** artist," 1857, painter, 1858-1872 ;"' Albert F., clerk, 1862, copyist, 
1865, commissioner, 1867, stenographer, 1868-1872;" Jacob H., express, 1863- 
1865, hardware, 1866, skates, 1867 ; ■= Henry, books, 1864-1866 ; Henry Jr., books 
and printer, i867-7o;'3 Henry, stationer, i872;''t Robert L., crockery, 1864, 
merchant, 1867, 1868; George H., lumber, 1 865-1 872 ;"5 Edwin H., hardware, 1866, 
skates, 1 8 67, secretary, i872;"i Andrew H. H., lawyer, 1 868-1871 ;'7 T. W. (Rev), 
i868;'8 Richard, liquors, 1869-1872 ;'9 Charles, secretary, 1871-1872 ;=° James 
B., elevator, 1871, 1872; and Oliver S., broker, 1872. 

estate of William Dawson, late of New York, deceased," to be presented at the place of business 
of Robert Dawson, 160 Pearl St. — 

" Marriid, on Sept. 22, 1S70, at Walcot Church, Bath, England, by the Rev. D. Malcolm, 
clerk, cousin of the bride. Rector of Kingston Deverill, assisted by the Rev. H. Robinson, of the 
Octagon Chapel, Colville Frankland, Esq., Captain lojd Royal Fusiliers, younger son of Sir 
Frederick Frankland, Bart., to Mary Jay^ only daughter of the late WiUiam Dawson, Esq., of New 

• Mr. Dawson res. in Brooklyn ; he has no children. 
» See record following. 

3 See record following. (Family of Abraham Dawson). 
' See page 64 (6-n). 

• See page 85 (6-72). 

• See page 78 (6-60). 

^ John Healev Dawson, b. in Waltham, Lincolnshire, England, one of eight children of 
William and Ann Dawson, both b. and d. in Lincolnshire. Mr. D. m. in N. Y., and has children 
living; 1. Carrie Lavina; 1. Harry;). John William ; 4. Frank; 5. Charles Mark (1871). 

8 John M. Dawson, b. near Arno Park, Queens county, Ireland, 1815, (son and gr. son of 
John Dawson, both of whom d. in Queens Co.), emigrated to New York, April, 1850, and succeeded 
his cousin, John Dawson, above named, in business as a drug, spice and hop broker, 1854, and res. 

besides several children who d. young, Anna M., who m. Alfred Lewis, and d. in Newark, N. J., 
July, 187Z, leaving son Alfred Meredith Lewis ; and Lizzie M., res. New York, unm. Mr. 
Dawson had brother Henry, d. in Queens Co., Ireland, 1S72, whose son, John M., came to 
America, May, 1868, and res., 1872, in Louisville, Ky., clerk in auditor's office, Louisville and 
Nashville, R. R., unm. 

» See record following. 

*•* See record following. 

^' See record following. (Family of John Dawson, of Brooklyn). 

•2 See record following. (Family of Henry Dawson, of Long Island). 

^3 See record following. (Family of Henry Dawson, of Brooklyn and Cohoes). 

1* Of Gresham and Dawson, 58 Broadway ; res. Brooklyn ; b. in Halifax, N. S., about 1845, 
youngest son of Benjamin Dawson, b. in Co. Cavan, Ireland, long in publishing and bookselling 
business in Montreal, and succeeded by his sons Samuel E., William Valentine, and Benjamin Jr., 
forming the firm of Dawson Brothers. Mr. John Thomas Dawson, of Middleton and "Dawson, 
booksellers and publishers, Quebec, is eldest son of B. D., above named. 

>6 and '* See record following. (Family of Henry Dawson, of Long Island). 

^' Sec Maryland record. (Family of Wm. Dawson, of Caroline Co., Md.). 

'» Mr. D. was, in 1868, pastor of the Seventh Presbyterian church. New York city ; res. iSyj, 

" Born in N. oflreland about 18)4, emigrated to N. Y., about 1857, res. 1872, in N. J. 

'" Born in Eric Co., N. Y., July 29, iSjs, d. in New York city Nov. 12, 1872, leaving one child, 
adau.j only son of John Dawson, b. in Derbyshire, England, about 1800, emigrated to this 
country about 1825, res. 1872, in England : his father, also named John Dawson, b. in Wales. 

T^he Dawson Family. 153 

In the Brooklyn Directories the rirst name found is that of Darbv Dawson, steve- 
dore and boatman, 1823 and 1829.' States or Staats Dawson is named in 1829, 
and in most of the years following until 1854, with the various occupations of butcher, 
inspector of weights and measures and of beef and pork, mayor's marshal, and 
policeman j Robert, musician and bell hanger, was here in 1829 and some years 
later; John, a ropemaker, came in 1832, and one of same name was grocer in 1837, 
and butcher in 1843, and later; Francis, a master's mate in the U. S. N., is named 
in 1843 and 1844, was a gunner, 1847-51, and mate, 1853 and 1854 ; Edward, a 
painter, is first named in 1S45, and Henry D., bookkeeper, in 1847; John, a 
poulterer, first named in 1847, and Rodman B., counselor, in 1848, are both still 
residents of Brooklyn ; Abraham was a coal merchant in 1848; John L., butcher, 
1 848, has since been many years a policeman ; Samuel B. , stationer, Thomas, carpen- 
ter, and Henry, machinist, came in 1849; James, printer, 1852; John, machinist, 
Bernard, carpenter, and Henry, bookbinder, 1856; Charles, hatter, Edward, clerk, 
James S., shipjoiner, Samuel, painter, and William, cigarmaker, all came in 
1857; Daniel, painter, Ralph, brassfounder, and Thomas M., cooper, were among 
the new comers of 1859 ; Thomas W., came also in 1859, and is in 1873 a furniture 
dealer, in Myrtle avenue,^ Robert, an engraver, Thomas J., grocer, and William, 
mason, came in i860; Nicholas, painter, 1861 ; John W., shirtmaker, 1861, shoe 
dealer, 1873 ;3 Thomas, straw goods, and William H. Jr., clerk, 1862 ; Charles 
H., cutter, John P., cigarmaker, and William S., seaman, appeared in 1863; 
Albert F., copyist and reporter, is first named in 1865; Alexander, currier, and 
Francis, lawyer, 1866; Gilbert E., broker, Richard, liquors, and Robert, iron 
founder, came in 1868; and Thomas, tinsmith, in 1869. 

Some of these names will be found in the records which follow. 

1 One of the first trustees of the "SI. James Rom: 
Nov. 20, iSzz, the first Roman Catholic church 

* Thomas Whitley Dawson, b. in Hertfordshire, England, 

' John W. Dawson, who styles himself *' the shu-may-k 
about 18 years. 


Of Long Island, about 1 760-1 803. 

1. Henry Dawson, a native of Dublin, Ireland, came to 
America about 1760, and lived for a time at Jamaica, L. I., 
but afterwards removed to Brooklyn, where the greater part of 
his life was spent. He was of good family, and is said to have 
held a commission at one time in the British army, but to have 
emigrated because of dissatisfaction with the disposal of his 
father's estate, which, after the fashion of the country, went 
chiefly to the eldest son, named John Dawson, which is supposed 
to have been also the name of the father. In 1774 (Oct 20), 
his mother, Jane Dawson, then living at Chapel Izod, Dublin 
county, made a will, in which, having declared her belief that 
her son John had already had " three times as much " of his 
father's estate as he was entitled to, she left to him only a small 
nominal legacy, but provided that her property should go prin- 
cipally to her son Henry, then in the province of New York, 
and to her daughter, Elizabeth George, of Chapel Izod, " widow 
of Delancy George, Esq., late Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery." 
The will also mentioned her daughter's sons, Ramsey and Joshua 
George ; and her own son, William, who had " been long 
abroad," and for whom she made provision " in case he should 
ever return. " ' Henry Dawson m. at Jamaica, Miss Aforton, 
a sister of General Jacob Morton, who was for twenty-six years 

' It is said that he was a lieutenant in the royal arn:iy, and went to Montreal. 
Was he afterwards on Long Island? " Capt. William Dawson m. about 1780 
Lydia Haiku, dau. of Samuel Hallett, son of William Hallett, both of Newtown, L. I., 
and the last named b. in Dorsetshire, England, 161 6, removed to Greenwich, Ct., 
thence to Hellgate, L. I."— Rilier's Annahof Ncwtoiun, L. I, Art. : Hallett Family, 
p. 463. The license for the marriage was issued Aug. 29, 1783. — See N. T. S. 
Record of Marriage LicenseSf vol. 40, p. 14. 

The Dawson Family. 155 

the clerk of the common council of the city of New Yorlc.' 
His second w. was Elizabeth Comes, dau. of John and Heziah 
Comes, of Jamaica. They were an Enghsh family, in good 
circumstances." By his second w. he had six children. One 
of his name, perhaps himself, was a captain of provincial troops 
in the king's service some years prior to the Revolution. 3 He 
kept a public house in Brooklyn, near the old ferry, in Doughty 
street ; and in 1789 he was appointed one of the three ferry men 
of " Brookland Ferry " by the corporation of New York.'' In 
connection with this appointment he is styled " Captain Henry 
Dawson," which title may have been acquired in the provincial 
service, as above suggested, or possibly indicated his rank in the 
British army.s He held the ferry until his death in 1803.* It 
is said of him, that, " retaining all the sportsmanlike tastes of his 
early life, he kept a pack of dogs, as well as hunting studs, with 
which he frequently took ' a brush ' in the country around the 
village of Brooklyn."' He was a subscriber to a fund for build- 
ing the Academy at Jamaica in 1792.* Some of the family 
appear to have returned to Jamaica, and to have resided there 

' See Stiles' History of Brooklyn, vol. 2, pp. 48, 49. Stiles states that the first w. 
was Miss Coombi, of Jamaica, and the second, Miss Morton. The compiler's informa- 
tion is from Jacob H. Dawson, Esq., of Newark, N. J., gr. son of Henry Dawson, 
and is believed to be correct. 

^ Henry Dawson and the widow Heziah Comes, executors, offered for sale, March 
8, 1773, the farm, at Jamaica, of John Comes (his father-in-law) deceased. — Onder- 
donk's Sheens County in OlJen Timrs, p. 45. John Comes is said to have been a 
magistrate at Hempstead. 

3 See petition, Dec 30, 1765, of Capt. Henry Dawson and others, late belonging 
to the troops raised in the province of New York, for a grant of land to each, pur- 
suant to royal proclamation. — Land Papers at Albany, vol. 20, p. iii. Also, Dep- 
osition concerning an attack on the jail of Dutchess county, at Poughkeepsie, and 
the release of a prisoner therefrom, by men belonging to Capt. Dorsons company. 
Poughkeepsie, March 13, 1764. — English Manuscripts, Albany, vol. 92, p. 94. 
< See Stiles' Brooklyn, His house was called the "Corporation House." 
5 Stiles states that he was a major in the British army. 

« The date of his death is incorrectly stated by Stiles to have been 1808. His will, 
in which he is described as " Henry Dawson, of Brooklyn, Long Island, gentleman," 
was dated 2 May, 1803, and probated 16 August, in the same year. It mentions his 
w. Elizabeth, and ** youngest daughter, Jane," and refers to " the rest " of his children, 
but not by name. The w. and John I. Dawson (probably his son, but not so 
described), were named executrix and executor. George Hicks signed as witness. 
— (Kings county Surrogate records). 

7 Stiles "1786. There will be a fox chase from Mr. Dawson's, Brooklyn 

ferry, Oct. 19th." " 1787. The fourth of July celebrated at Dawson's, 

Brooklyn, by a number of gentlemen. Toasts were drunk, and rockets fired." — On- 
derdonk's Collections for History of Kings county in olden times. — (L. I. Historical 
Society's Library.) 

' Onderdonk's Slueens County in Olden Timet, p. 80. 

156 "The Dawson Family. 

after his death." His wid. d. in New York abt. 1825. Their 
children were : 

2-1. Henry, b. in Jamaica, March 6, 1773,- d. in Brooklyn abt. i8z8, 

aged 57 ; m. 
2-2. John I., d. abt. 1806, at sea ; m. 
2-3. Gilbert, d. in New York, abt. 1810, unm. 
2-4. Betsey, d. in Brooklyn, abt. i860, aged abt. 80. Conklin. 
2-5. Ann, m. Wm. Buckle ; lived in Brooklyn, where both d. without 

2-6. Jane, d. abt. 1805 or '06 ; unm. 

2-1. Henry Dawson jun., was b. in Jamaica, L. I., March 
6, 1773, d. in Brooklyn, abt. 1828, aged 57, m. Miriam HickSy 
who was b. Feb. 18, 1780, and d. in Brooklyn, 1841.3 They 
lived in Doughty street, in Brooklyn, and he continued the ferry 
after his father's death, up to 1810 or '12. " He was more 
enthusiastic in sporting matters, even, than his father, and it 
was said of him that ' he had not a bone in his body that had not, at 
one time or another, been broken' by the falls and accidents he 
had experienced in his favorite diversion. "^ They had nine 
children : 
3-1. Staats-(or States''), b. Oct. 15, 1797, d. in Brooklyn, abt. 1856; 

3-2. Jacob Henry, b. in Brooklyn, iVIay 30, 1800, res. 1873, Newark, 

N. J. ; m. 
3-3. John!., b. Dec. 11, i8oz,d. in Brooklyn, Oct. 18, 1829, aged 27 ; w. 
3-4. Phebe Ann, b. May 9, 1805, res. 1873, Brooklyn. Baylis. 
3-5. Mary Hewlette, b. Oct. 26, 1806, d. in Brooklyn, Sept. 23, 1872. 

3-6. George Hewlette, b. Aug. 26, 1808, d. in New York, 1851 ; m. 
3-7. Henry, b. in Brooklyn, June 23, i8lo, d. young. 
3-8. ¥X\7.3.hs:&i, twin sister of Henry, res. 1873, Brooklyn. Weeks. 
•3-9. Jannett, b. June 4, 1814, res. 1873, Brooklyn; unm. 

2-2. John I. Dawson, m. Mary Hicks., dau. of John Hicks, 
and cousin to the w. of his brother Henry. They lived in New 
York and Brooklyn. He was a sea captain, and d. at sea, about 

' Mrs. and Miss Dawson kept a school at Jamaica, 1819. And Miss Dawson 
was a pew holder in Grace Church, Jamaica, 1822-1825.— Onderdonk's ^:i«n« 
County, pp. 102, 107. 

'Stiles {History of Brooklyn) says 1771, but the above from the family record. 

3 Dau. of Jacob and Phebt Uewhtic Hicks, and a nieceof Elias Hicks, the Quaker 

* Stiles' Brooklyn, vol. 2, p. 49. 
s So written in the family record. 

The Dawson Family. 157 

1806.' They had no issue. His widow m. John Seaman, and 
d. at Saugerties, N. Y., about 1865. 

2-4. Betsey Dawson m. Henry Conklin, and d. a widow in 
Brooklyn, about i860, aged about 80. They had two children : 
3-10. Henry, sea captain, d. at Sailors' Home, Staten Island, m. but 

3—11. Elizabeth, m. Miles Hopson, res. a widow in New York ; nochn. 

3-1. Staats (or States) Dawson, b. Oct. 15, 1797, lived 
in Brooklyn, where he filled for many years, acceptably, various 
minor public offices, and where he d. about 1856. He m. Ellen 
Loz.ier, of Pompton, New Jersey, who res. a widow in Brooklyn 
(1873). They had eleven children : 

4-1. John Lozier, res. 1873, in Brooklyn, policeman ; m. but no issue. 

4-2. Ann Maria, d. in Brooklyn. Simonson. 

4-3. Marian, d. young. 

4-4. Thomas, m. and res. in Brooklyn. 

4-5. Jefferson, m. and res. in Brooklyn ; no issue. 

4-6. Slaats. 

4-7. Ellen, m. James Seaman, res. Brooklyn. 

4-8. Caroline, d. in Brooklyn ; m. George Bradford ; two children. 

4-9. Nicholas, d. unm. 

4-10. Hicks, d. unm. 

4-11. Marian, m. and res. in Brooklyn. 

3-2. Jacob Henry Dawson, b. in Brooklyn, May 30, 1800, 
began business as a cabinet maker in New York, in 1822, in 
which he continued until about 1838, and was afterwards a 
lumber dealer for many years. In 1 85 1 he joined his eldest son, 
in Newark, N. J., in manufacturing patent and enameled 
leather — a business which was then in its infancy, but has now 
become one of the chief industries of Newark. Mr. Dawson 
removed to Newark about 1855. He is a director of the 
Peoples' Insurance Company of that city, and is still actively 
engaged in the leather business. He m. ist., in New York, 
Aug. 5, 1821, Eliza Cornell., who d. in New York, April 20, 
1823, leaving one son : 
4-12. Jacob Henry, b. .Aug. 5, 1822, d. May 13, 1841. 

' The will of "John I. Dawson, of the city of New York, mariner," was dated 
in New York, i Dec, 1801, and was probated in Brooklyn, 10 July, 1806. It 
directed that all his property should go to his w. for her use during life, and in case 
she should die without issue, then to his father and mother, or the survivor of them, 
neither named. 

158 The Dawson Family. 

He m. 2d., Aug. 11, 1824, Hannah Williams^ dau. of Ichabod 
and Hannah HetfieldWx\\x?,mi, of Elizabeth, N. J. They res. 
1873, in Newark, and have had eight children, all b. in New 
York city : 

4-13. Thomas Williams, b. Sept. 17, 1825, res. 1873, Newark, N. J. ; m. 
4-14. George Hewlette, b. March 1, 1827, res. 1873, New York; m. 
4-15. William Craig, b. Dec 28, 1829, d. in Newark, March 10, i859;ff/. 
4-16. Ichabod Williams, b. Sept. 23, 1831, res. 1873, Newark ; m. 
4-17. Eliza Ann, b. April 8, 1835, res. 1873, Newark. Macknet. 
4-18. Edwin Hicks, b. Aug. 13, 1837, res 1873, Newark ; m. 
4-19. Hannah Williams, b. Nov. 17, 1839, m. in Newark, May 27, 

1873, George G. Andrews, of Brooklyn. 
4-20. Jacob Henry, b. Nov. 5, 1842, res. 1873, in Newark; m. 

3-3. John I. Dawson, b. in Brooklyn, Dec. 11, 1802, d. 
in Brooklyn, Oct. 18, 1829, aged 27. He m. Rachel Bowne, 
who was b. June I, 1805, and d. a widow in Brooklyn, June 
20, 1871." They had two children, who d. young ; also : 

4-21. Rodman Bowne, b. Feb. 15, 1825, res. 1873, Brooklyn ; m. 
4-22. Samuel Bowne, b. Feb. 17, 1828, res. 1873, Brooklyn ; unm. 

3-4. Pbebe Ann Dawson^ b. May 9, 1805, m. in Brooklyn, 
April 17, 1830, Thomas Baylis, who wash, in Springfield, L. 
I., Feb. 16, 1806. She res. a widow in Brooklyn, 1873, having 
four children, all b. in Brooklyn : 

4-23. Mary Elizabeth, b. July 20, 1832, res. 1873, Brooklyn. Nearing. 
4-24. jannette, b. Oct. 3, 1835, res. 1873, Orange, N. J. McCoy. 
4-25. Thomas, b. Sept. I, 1838, res. 1873, Brooklyn ; m. 
4-26. Anna, b. Jan. 23, 1848, res. 1873, Brooklyn. Van Dyck. 

3-5. Mary Hewlette Daivson^ b. Oct. 26, 1806, m. 1825, 
Walter Barre, coal merchant, of Brooklyn. They lived 
many years in that city, and d. there. He d. June 18, 1871, 
and she, Sept. 23, 1872. They had six children, all b. in 
Brooklyn : 

4-27. William, b. Nov. 19, 1826, res- 1873, Brooklyn ; m. 
4-28. Mary Elizabeth, b. about 1828, m Smith T. Baker, res. 1875 

4-29. Walter, d. in Brooklyn, Jan., 1872 ; unm. 

' D.m. of Gilbert Bowne, Esq. of New York, and niece of Rodman and Samuel 
Bowne, of Brooklyn, for 30 years proprietors of the Catharine Ferry, (Native* of 
Westchester county, N. Y.). 

The 'Dawson Family. 159 

4-30. [Barre.] George Hewlette.b. Sept. 3, 1836, res. i873,Brooklyn;OT. 
4-31. Kate, b. 184.1, res. 1873, Brooklyn ; U7im. 
4-32. Thomas Baylis, res. 1873, Brooklyn. 

3-6. George Hewlette Dawson, b. Aug. 26, 1808, m. 
Emma Chatfield, of Catskill, N. Y., and d. in New York, 
about 1 85 1, leaving five children : 
4-33. Jacob Henry, purser, 1873, White Star Line, Ocean Steamers, m. 

(no record). 
4-34. Staats, res. 1873, New York ; m. (no record). 

4-35. Catharine Bedell, m. Burns, res. New York. 

4-36. Rachel Bowne, m. Renney, res. Australia. 

4-37. Emma, res. in New York. 

3-8. Elixabeth Dawson, b. June 23, 1810, m. Dec. 8, 1831, 
Joseph S. Weeks, who was b. at Oyster Bay, L. I., 1807, son 
of Jacob and Phebe Weeks. They res. 1873, '" Brooklyn. 
Six children : 

4-38. Phebe Ann, b. in Brooklyn, Nov. 2, 1832, res. 1873, Brooklyn. 

4-39. Jacob H., b. in Brooklyn, Aug. 24, 1834, d. in Brooklyn, April 

16, 1871 ; unm. 
4-40. Mary B., b. in Brooklyn, Aug. 20, 1838, res. 1873, in Brooklyn; 

4-41. James H., b. in Oyster Bay, Oct. 26, 1842, d. in Brooklyn, April 

27, 1872 ; unm. 
4-42. Elizabeth P., b. in Oyster Bay, Sept. 3, 1844, res. 1873, Brooklyn ; 

4-43. Joseph S., b. in Oyster Bay, Aug. 9, 1846, res. 1873, Brooklyn ; 


4-2. Jnti Maria Dawson (dau. of Staats, 3-1), m. Charles 
SiMONsoN. She d. in Brooklyn, leaving one son : 
5-1. Henry. 

4-13. Thomas Williams Dawson, b. in New York, Sept. 
17, 1825, m. in that city, Oct. 7, 1847, Eliza Jane De La 
Montagnie., b. May 3, 1 828, dau. of Edward De La Montagnie, 
Esq., who d. in Newark, March 19, 1872, in his 80th year. 
At the time of his marriage, Mr. Dawson was in the lumber 
and mahogany trade with his father in New York, but in No- 
vember, 1848, he purchased the business of a relative who had 
commenced, in Newark, N. J., the manufacture of patent and 
enameled leather, to which place he removed in the following 

i6o The Dawson Family. 

spring. He sold out this establishment shortly after, and in 
1 85 1 erected a new factory, for the manufacture of the same 
kind of goods, being at this time joined by his father, with whom, 
and a brother (I. W. Dawson, Esq.), he is now associated in 
the firm of J. H. & T. W. Dawson & Co., leading manufac- 
turers of that class of goods in Newark. Besides contributing 
largely to the active management of the very extensive business 
of this firm, Mr. Dawson is one of the managers and vice pre- 
sident of the Dime Savings Institution of Newark, a director 
of the City National Bank, one of the directors of the Firemen's 
Mutual Insurance Company, (of which he was the originator), and 
vice president of the Stevens and Condit Transportation Company. 
He is also sole owner of a steamer engaged in the Newark trade. 
He was for several years a member of the Newark city Board 
of Education, and was president of the board during the years 
i86i,'62and '63. He was president of the city Board of Trade 
in 1869. Mr. and Mrs. Dawson have had twelve children, 
(all b. in Newark, except the eldest, who was b. in New York 
city) : 

5-2. Edward Thomas, b. Dec. 5, 1848, d. in Newark, July 29, 1850. 

5-3. Ella Augusta, b. March 6, 1852. 

5-4. Lewis Grover, b. Oct. 19, 1853. 

5-5. Eliza De La Montagnie, b. June 15, 1856. 

5-6. Jacob Henry, b. March 23, 1858. 

5-7. Thomas Williams, b. Sept. 16, 1859. 

5-8. Robert De La Montagnie, b. Dec. 19, i860. 

5-9. Anna, b. May 19, 1862, d. June 24, 1863. 

5-10. Mary, b. Feb. 1, 1864. 

5-1 1. Jennie, b. May 21, 1865. 

5-12. Alice, b. Aug. 31, 1866, d. July 20, 1867. 

5-13. Mabel, b. May 31, 1868. 

4-14. George Hewlette Dawson, b. in New York, 
March i, 1827, m. widow Laura Jenness of New York, and 
res. 1873, in that city. He is a lumber merchant. Two chn. : 

5-14. Laura, m. 1873, William Stienkampf, res. New York. 
5-15. Eliza, res. New York; unm. 

4-15. William Craig Dawson, b. in New York, Dec. 
28, 1829, d. in Newark, March 10, 1859, m. Amanda Conover,oi 
Red Bank, N. J. They had three children, ail b. in Newark : 

11" he 'Dawson Family. i6i 

5-16. Amanda, res. 1873, in Newark ; unm. 

5-17. Hannah Williams, d. in Newark, July 23, 1872, aged 15. 

5-18. Mary Louisa, res. 1 873, Newark. 

Mrs. Dawson m. 2d., Mr. Thomas Seeley, and res. 1873, 
in Newark. 

4-16. IcHABOD Williams Dawson, b. in New York, Sept. 
23, 1 83 1, manufacturer of patent and enameled leather, Newark, 
of firm of J. H. & T. W. Dawson & Co. ; m. ist., Oct. 15, 
1856, Mary Louise Coger, dau. of Daniel Coger, of New York, 
who d. in Newark, Sept., 1857, without issue. He. m. 2d., 
March 20, 1 86 1, Mary C. Linen, dau. of George and Sarah 
Linen, of Newark. She d. in Newark, Sept. 7, 1866, aged 31, 
leaving two children : 
5-19. Louise C, b. Jan. 21, 1862. 
5-20. Elizabeth, b. Jan. 21, 1864. 

Mr. Dawson m. 3d., May 28, 1873, Mallie B. Baldwin, dau. 
of Bethuel and Susan Baldwin, of Newark. They res. in 

4-17. Eliza Ann Dawson, b. in New York, April 8, 1835, 
m. in Newark, N. J., May 13, 1858, Theodore, 
hardware merchant, who was b. in Newark, Dec. 15, 1831, 
son of Charles Shaffer and Hetty Macknet. They res. 1873, 
in Newark. Two children living : 
5-ZI. Eliza Dawson, b. June 3, 1861. 
5-22. Carrie Amanda, b. Nov. 16, 1866. 

4-18. Edwin Hicks Dawson, b. in New York, Aug. 13, 
1837, m. in Newark, N. J., Oct. 6, 1859, 7"^"^ ^^- Hollister, 
who was b. in Newark, May i, 1837, dau. of Benjamin and 
Maria V. Hollister. They res. 1873, in Newark, and have 
had four children, all b. in that city : 
5-23. Harry Hollister, b. Oct. 31, i860. 
5-24. Leonard F. H., b. Dec. 24, 1863. 
5-25. Isabel, b. June, 1865, d. Aug. 7, 1865. 
5-26. Grace, b. Nov. 19, 1868. 

Mr. Dawson was a member of the Newark city Board of 
Education, 1868-70, and president of the same one year. 

1 62 'The Dawson Family. 

4-20. Jacob Henry Dawson jun., b. in New York, Nov. 
5, 1842, m. Oct. 9, 1867, 'Julia Christine Ha)\ who was b. in 
New York, dau. of George and Julia Hay. They res. 1873, 
in Newark. One child : 
5-27. William Charles, b. in Newark, April I, 1869. 

4-21. Rodman Bowne Dawson, b. in Brooklyn, Feb. 15, 
1825, m. June 12, 1848, Sarah Parish Lyon^ who d. Oct. 22, 
1854, aged 26. He is a lawyer, and was in 1855, '56, '57 
and '58, surrogate of Kings county. He res. 1873, in Brooklyn. 
They had two children : 

5-28. Rodman Bowne, b. March 22, 1849, d. May 24, 1867, aged 18. 
5-29. Sarah P., d. 1853, aged 11 mos. 

4-23. Mary Elizabeth Baylis,h. in Brooklyn, July 20, 1832, 
m. Nov. 2, 1858, WooDBRiDGE NEARiNG,coal merchant. They 
res. 1873, '" Brooklyn, and have five children: 
5-30. Thomas Baylis. 
5-31. William Woodbridge. 
5-32. Anna DeWitt. 
5—33. Abraham Burtis Baylis. 
5-34. Elizabeth Buddington. 

4-24. "Jannette Baylis^ b. in Brooklyn, Oct. 3, 1835, m. 
Sept. 23, 1857, Adam Ramsay McCoy, leather merchant. 
They res. 1873, '" Orange, N. J. One child: 

5-35. Anna Jane. 

4-25. Thomas Baylis, physician, a member of the 
Brooklyn Board of Health, b. in Brooklyn, Sept. i, 1838, m. 
Oct. 24, 1866, Mce Tillinghast Hoyt. They res. 1873, in 
Brooklyn. Two children : 

5-36. Anna Van Dyck, d. young. 
5-37. William Spelman. 

4-26. Anna Baylis, b. in Brooklyn, Jan. 23, 1848, m. Oct. 
I, 1867, Anthony V. B. Van Dyck, broker. They res. 
1873, in Brooklyn. One child : 
5-38. Annete. 

4-27. William Barre, b. in Brooklyn, Nov. 19, 1826, 
m. 1st., March 4, 1847, ^mily Fielder. They had three chn. : 

The Dawson Family. 163 

5-39. [Barre.] Mary, b. Oct. 3, 1848. 
5-40. William, b. about 1850. 
5-41. George, b. Jan. 1, 1853. 

Mr. Barre m. 2d., Oct. 20, 1859, Marie Antoinette Kline. 
They res. 1873, in Brooklyn, and have three children : 
5-42. Jennie, b. Sept. 4, i860. 
5-43. Marie Louise, b. April 22, 1862. 
5-44. Lena, b. Dec. 25, 1863. 

Mr. Barre was elected, November, 1873, register of Kings 
county : of which he has been many years assistant register. 

4-30. George Hewlette Barre, b. in Brooklyn, Sept. 
3, 1836, m. Sept. 25, 1862, Mary E. Miller. They res. in 
Brooklyn. Four children : 
5-45. Jennie E., b. Jan. 9, 1864. 
5-46. Mattie M., twin sister of Jennie E. 
5-47. George H., b. May 2, 1865. 
5-48. Charles F., b. July 7, 1868. 

4-38. Phehe Ann Weeks, b. in Brooklyn, Nov. 2, 1832, m. 
Nov. 5, 1857, Samuel W. Hawxhurst. They res. 1873, in 
Brooklyn. He is engineer in chief on Aspinwall line of steamers. 
Two children : 

5-49. Isabel W., b. in Brooklyn, Sept. 7, 1858. 
5-50. Harry Dawson, b. in Brooklyn, Dec. 17, 1872. 


Of New York and States Island, 1758-1771. 

1. Roper Dawson, son of Major George Dawson, (b. 1689, 
killed at Carthagena, 1741), was b. in England, bapt. 21 July, 
1724, and was of Ferriby Grange, North Ferriby, Yorkshire. 
His family was of the landed gentry of that shire.' He removed 
from England to New York, and thence to Staten Island, where 
he d. 14 June, 1771.^ It is believed that his w. resided there 
at the time of their marriage. She was Rachel Burnett, and 
was b. 17 March, 1739. He was a merchant in New York, 
as early as 1758.3 They had three children, all minors at the 
time of their father's death : 
2-1. George ; m. 
2-2. Harriet. McDonough. 
2-3. Charlotte. 

2-1. George Dawson, m. , and had : 

3-1. Alexander, of whom nothing further is known. 

3-2. A daughter, who m. Coleman. 

3-3. A daughter, who m. Washington Jackson. 

' See page 8, note i. He had a sister Elizabeth, who m. Kingston Venner, of 
Boredun, county York ; a sister Ann, who m. Col. Rion, and had son Edward Rion. 
captain royal navy, killed at Copenhagen, 1801 ; and a brother, George Dawson, of 
Osgodby, county York, b. 1739, d. 1811, m. Isabella, dau. of Edward Charlton, of 
Shropshire, through whom the family is perpetuated in England. Another account 
of the ancestry of Major George Dawson differs from that of Burke, in the note re- 
ferred to. It makes him son of William, of Heworth, York, d. 1704; son of John, 
of Heworth, b. 1616, d. 1676 ; son of George, of Ripon, York, who m. Priscilla, 
dau. of Sir Stephen Proctor, of Kent ; son of Robert, of Ripon ; son of Gilbert Daw- 
son, of Azerley, York, who m. Katharine Conyers. — Berry's Fisitatiom of Kent, 
Sussex, Berks/lire, etc. 

- His will, dated zi March, 1771, probated 15 Aug., 1771, mentions w. Rachel, 
son George, a minor, and daus. Harriet and Charlotte. 

3 See petition of Roper Dawson, of New York, merchant, and others, owners of 
ship Thornton, of 18 guns, [pri'vateer ? ) for a commission for John Eagleson as her 
commander, Jan. 5, 1758. — English Manuscripts, at Albany, vol. 85, p. 64. See, 
also, petition of Roper Dawson, of New York, merchant, owner of Brigantine Royal 
American, 8 guns, for a commission for her commander, James Fairly, June 8, 1 7 61. — 
Eng. MSS., 89, p. 140. Roper Dawson received conveyance of land in New York, 
from William Bell, 1759, and sold land to John Gill, 1758.— iV. T. Ca. Records of 
Deeds, vol. 35, pp. 22, 520. 

The Dawson Family. 165 

2-2. Harriet Dawson m. Thomas McDonough, who had 
been private secretary to Gov. John Wentworth, of New Hamp- 
shire. The marriage, for which license was issued July 23, 
1778,' occurred after he had left Portsmouth. Sometime prior 
to 1800, Mr. McDonough was appointed British Consul at 
Boston, which ofSce he held until his death in 1805, aged about 
65. He was buried at Milton, Mass., in the tomb of his son-in- 
law, the Hon. Peter O. Thatcher. They had twelve children, 
for an account of whom see Wentworth Genealogy^ vol. 2, p. 380. 

' See N. T. S. Rtcord of Marnage Liiemes, vol. 25, p. 139, referred to in " New 
York marriages," printed by order of the Secretary of State, i860. 


Of New York and Michigan, 1816-1849. 

1. George Dawson (son of George Dawson, a gardener, 
who d. near Edinburgh, Scotland), was b. in Scotland, 1789. 
He served his time as an apprentice to the bookbinder's trade 
with the Constables of Edinburgh, and afterwards removed to 
Falkirk, where he lived several years. He removed thence to 
America, arriving in New York in 18 16, in which city he re- 
mained about two years. In 181 8, he removed to Toronto 
(then Little York) Canada, where he prosecuted his trade for 
six years, after which he lived, first in Niagara, Canada, and 
then in Rochester, N. Y., following the same occupation. 
From Rochester, in 1836, he emigrated to the state of Michigan, 
where he died (at Royal Oak) in 1849, ^g^'' ^° years." He m. 
in Scotland, Mary Chapman^ who d. at Royal Oak, Michigan, 
in 1841, aged 50. They had four children : 

2—1. James, b. in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1811, d. in Clayton, Mich., 

1864 ; m. 
2-2. George, b. in Falkirk, Scotland, March 14, 1813, res. 1873, 

Albany, N. Y. ; m. 
2-3. Ellen, b. in Falkirk, Scotland, 1815, res. 1873, Warren, Mich. 


2-4. Jane, b. in Toronto, Canada, 1822, res. 1873, Flint, Mich. 

2-1. James Dawson, b. in Edinburgh, Scotland, 181 1, d. 

in Clayton, Mich., 1864, aged 53, m. . His widow 

res. 1873, '" Mich., with her children : 

3-1. James, farmer, Flint, Mich. 

3-2. Edward, farmer, Royal Oak, Mich. 

' He had a brother, named James Dawson, a mariner, from Greenock, who was 
in New York 1815, and d. in that city two or three years later, leaving children of 
whom nothing more is known. 

fe^, /y^5^^^^^\ 

on Family. 167 

3-3. Isaac, fa- 

3-4. Sarah ;i.. .nrr.. 

3-5. Marv, li 

2-2. I i:'AWS0N, b. in Falkirk, Scotland, March 14,' 

181 ; iMth his mother, brother and sister to New York, 

in I6i7 18, the father having preceded them some eighteen 
months. In 1824 (his family having removed that year from 
Toronto to Niagara, Canada), he entered as an apprentice 
to the printing business in the Niagara Gleaner office. He was 
then but eleven years old, and had previously but scanty educa- 
tional advantages. The family removing to Rochester in 1826, 
he entered there an apprentice in the office of the Anti-Masonic 
Enquirer., of which Hon. Thurlow Weed was the editor. In 
1831, Mr. Weed having established in Albany the Albany 
Evening Journal., Mr. DawsBn followed him to that city, and 
became foreman of the office, which position he held (oc- 
casionally writing, and regularly reporting in the legislature) 
until the spring of 1836, when he was called to the editorship 
of the Rochester Dailf Democrat. In this service he continued 
until August, 1839, when he assumed the editorial charge of 
the '^ '' ' h , Daily Advertiser. His political friends,' as- 

^un hiefly instrumental in securing that state to 

tiu- •'. - State Printer, which office he held for 

threeytais, and utiiiisi fire (in 1842) destroyed the establishment. 
Returning to Rochester, he resumed his position of editor of 
the Daily Democrat, and continued therein until August, 1846, 
when he returrted to Albany, upon the invitation of Mr. Weed, 
and became his associate in the editorial management of the 
Evening Journal, of which paper Mr. Dawson has been senior 
editor and proprietor since the retirement of Mr. Weed, in 1 862. 
' : niinection with it the Journal hzshcen twice !■ ..i;. ^ 
r, and now holds that designation. In thi. , 
wields an influence second to i!'..t ..i ,„■ ■^.,v:\ 
outsiu<r .>i ■ ' vv York. In \\\ii a 

National n . iirtuence. aiw • In his 

editorial ch.. :\ iser, is, like 

his predccc recognized as 

a " power ! ii.'thc throne." 


vL-/-/?, /tH^^^. 

The 'Dawson Family. i6j 

3-3. Isaac, farmer. Royal Oak. 
3-4. Sarah Jane, Royal Oak, u/im. 
3-5. Mary, Royal Oak, m. 

2-2. George Dawson, b. in Falkirk, Scotland, March 14, 
18 1 3, came with his mother, brother and sister to New York, 
in 181 7-18, the father having preceded them some eighteen 
months. In 1824 (his family having removed that year from 
Toronto to Niagara, Canada), he entered as an apprentice 
to the printing business in the Niagara Gleaner office. He was 
then but eleven years old, and had previously but scanty educa- 
tional advantages. The family removing to Rochester in 1826, 
he entered there an apprentice in the office of the Anti-Masonic 
Enquirer^ of which Hon. Thurlow Weed was the editor. In 
1831, Mr. Weed having established in Albany the Albany 
Evening Journal^ Mr. Dawson followed him to that city, and 
became foreman of the office, which position he held (oc- 
casionally writing, and regularly reporting in the legislature) 
until the spring of 1836, when he was called to the editorship 
of the Rochester Daily Democrat. In this service he continued 
until August, 1839, when he assumed the editorial charge of 
the Detroit, Mich., Daily Advertiser. His political friends, as- 
suming that he was chiefly instrumental in securing that state to 
the whigs, made him State Printer, which office he held for 
three years, and until a fire (in 1842) destroyed the establishment. 
Returning to Rochester, he resumed his position of editor of 
the Daily Democrat, and continued therein until August, 1846, 
when he returned to Albany, upon the invitation of Mr. Weed, 
and became his associate in the editorial management of the 
Evening 'Journal., of which paper Mr. Dawson has been senior 
editor and proprietor since the retirement of Mr. Weed, in 1862. 
During his connection with it the '/'s«r»a/ has been twice named 
the State P^per, and now holds that designation. In the politics 
of the state it wields an influence second to that of no paper 
outside of the city of New York. Indeed, the paper has a 
National reputation and influence, and Mr. Dawson, in his 
editorial chair, and as a political manager and adviser, is, like 
his predecessor and former associate, Mr. Weed, recognized as 
a " power behind the throne " often " greater than the throne." 

1 68 The 'Dawson Family. 

Mr. Dawson was, against his protest, appointed postmaster 
of Albany by President Lincoln in 1 86 1, and held the office for 
six years, when he resigned, being unwilling to continue under 
Mr. Johnson's administration, which he opposed. 

He united with the Baptist church in Rochester in i83i,and 
still holds his connection with that denomination, finding great 
pleasure in Sabbath school and other work incidental to his 
church relationship. 

Mr. Dawson is a disciple of Isaac Walton who should hold 
a place very near to the heart of the great master of the rod and 
line. In a knowledge of the habits and haunts of the finny 
tribes, and in a genuine love of nature, he is excelled by few in 
these utilitarian days. Of himself, in a letter to the compiler, he 
says: "What little leisure I have I employ in angling — a re- 
creation of which I am very fond, and which I prosecute with 
an enthusiasm which my friends find it difficult to comprehend. 
But as I find in it both health and amusement, I am not sorry 
to know that the passion grows with my years. I can un- 
derstand the feelings with which Christopher North lovingly 
scanned his fly-hook on his death bed." Before the war, Mr. 
Dawson published in the Journal a series of racy letters entitled 
" Wood Notes from the Adirondacks." A new series of these 
delightful sketches of forest life, full of vigorous and piquant 
description, appeared in 1873. 

He m. in June, 1834, Nancy M. Terrell., who was b. in 
Connecticut. Their children who survived birth, were : 
3-6. George S., b. Nov., 1838, d. at Albany, Dec. 6, 1864, from 
wounds received in battle at Petersburg, Va. ; major Second 
N. Y. Vol. Artillery ; mm} 
3-7. Burritt S., b. Aug. 31, 1844, res. 1873, Albany ; unm. 

2-3. Ellen Dawson., b. in Falkirk, Scotland, 18 15, m. 
April 4, 1836, James Warren Hoyt, farmer, b. in Norwalk, 

■ " He was wounded in the leg in the assault on Petersburg, and sustained an 
amputation. He remained in the hospital at Washington for a long time in a most 
critical condition, but by the end of September was well enough to be brought home. 
About five weeks ago a large abscess was developed, soon after followed by two more. 
His system was too much exhausted to sustain the drain upon it, and death put an 
end to his sufferings. He was in full possession of his faculties until within a few 
minutes of his death, and expressed full faith and abiding confidence in a happy here- 
after. Peace to the gallant young soldier."— Albany Express. (Munsell's Colkaiom oj 
the History of Albany, vol. 2, p. 216). 

The Dawson Family. 1 69 

Ct., Dec. 8, 1815, son of Josiah Hoyt. They res. 1873, in 

Warren, Macomb county, Mich., and have had seven children, 

all b. in Norwalk, Ct. :' 

3-8. George, b. Dec. i, 1836, d. in Norwalk, April 12, 1837. 

3-9. Harriet E., b. March 3, 1838, m. Feb. 5, 1856, Nathan W. 

Halsey, farmer, res. 1873, Warren, Mich. 
3-10. George D., b. April 23, 1839, d. in Norwalk, March 23, 1840. 
3-11. Mary J., b. April 29, 1842, m. Jan. 1, i860, George Walker, 

carpenter ; res. 1873, Warren, Mich. 
3-12. Hannah E., b. Oct. 23, 1845, m. Sept. 24, 1866, William 

KiNGScoTT ; res. Mich. 
3-13. Helen D., b. April 11, 1850, res. Warren, Mich. ; unm. 
3-14. William Wallace, b, June 17, 1852, res. Warren, Mich., farmer. 

2-4. Jane Dawson, b. in Toronto, Canada, 1822, m. 
Carlton Smith. They res. 1873, Flint, Mich. Three 
children, all res. 1873, f^''"' • 

3-15. George, farmer. 
3-16. Levi, carpenter. 
3-17. Darwin, horticulturist. 

" See The Hoyt Family ^ p. 510. 


Of New York, about 1823-1866. 

1. Benjamin Franklin Dawson, b. in England, about 
1808, son of a clergyman of the established church, d. in New 
York city, June 24, 1866, aged 58. He came to New York 
while a mere lad, about the year 1823. An obituary thus 
speaks of him : " Left alone, at the age of fourteen, to battle 
with the world, his high moral and Christian character enabled 
him to resist the demoralizing influences of a large city. In- 
dustrious and upright in business, he won the respect and con- 
fidence of older men. At the age of twenty-four he became a 
partner in the house of Buchanan, Caulder & Co., one of the 
largest and most prosperous in the world. In this house he 
remained until the death of the chief partner dissolved the firm. 
Subsequently, when the English house of Dennistoun & Co. 
opened a branch in New York, Mr. Dawson was made one of 
the partners, and remained in that position until the troubles of 
1857, soon after which he retired from business, and through his 
almost single handed exertions the present firm almost owes its 
existence. * * * * New York has lost a good and true man." 

Mr. Dawson is said to have had three brothers lost at sea ; 
also one who d. of cholera in New Orleans about 1832. He 
was related to Pudsey Dawson, Esq., of Hornby castle, England,' 
where he spent some months with a son, while on a visit 
to his native country a few years before his decease.^ He had, 
besides several daughters, two sons, one of whom d. when 18 
years of age. The other son is : 

2-1. Dr. Benjamin Frederick Dawson, b. in New York, 
1844, res. 1873, at 8 East 15th street, New York city. Doctor 
Dawson is editor of the American "Journal of Obstetrics, and a 
well known and highly esteemed lecturer in the medical schools 
of New York on subjects connected with his special studies. 

^ See page lo, note 4. 

= His will, dated Dec. 24, 1859, probated July 24, 1866, mentions his brother-in- 
law, Laughton Osborn, wife Elizabeth, and sisters Elizabeth and Mansfield. 


Of New York City and Ithaca, N. Y., 1834-1872. 

1. Abraham Dawson was b. July 10, 1795, at Wisbech, 
Cambridgeshire, England. His father was a Lincolnshire man, 
who had emigrated to Wisbech in early life, and m. there Miss 
Hephzibah Culy, of the locally celebrated Huguenotic family 
of that name then living on a farm called Guyhirn, near Wis- 
bech, which property they still occupy. The father d. in 1799, 
and at the age of twelve years Abraham Dawson was sent to 
Gosberton, in the vicinity of Spalding and Boston, Lincolnshire, 
to learn a trade. He m.. May 15, 1820, Miss Mary Barton^ 
b. Nov. 5, 1794, second daughter of John Barton, a respectable 
farmer of Bicker, of that shire, and settled at Gosberton, where 
he had born one son and four daughters. Two of the latter d. 
young, and with the other three children and their mother, he 
emigrated to the United States, landing in New York city, June 
9, 1834. It is said that the chief reason which induced him to 
emigrate was his dissatisfaction with the government in his native 
land. Soon after his arrival in this country he removed to Man- 
hattanville, on the upper end of New York island, and com- 
menced the life of a gardener, which business became his 
permanent occupation. In 1836-37 he was gardener at the 
Bloomingdale Lunatic Asylum. He removed in the fall of 1837, 
with his family, to Ithaca, N. Y.,' where he resided until his 
death, which occurred Jan. 13, 1872, in the 77th year of his age. 
"No more sturdy champion of the truth, as he understood it, ever 
lived, and no one died more generally lamented by those who 
knew him. He was a faithful husband, affectionate father and 
honest man."= His wife d. in Danby, Tompkins Co., N. Y., 
Dec. 4, 1856. They had seven children : 

2-1. Henry Barton, b. at Gosberton, June 8, l8zi, res. 1873, Morris- 
ania, N. Y. ; m. 

* Historical Magazine, Dec, 1868. 

' New England Historical and Genealogical Register, April, 1872. 

172 The Dawson Family. 

2-z. Jane Barton, b, at Gosberton, April 14, 1824, d. at same place, 

March 21, 1826. 
2-3. A daughter, d. unnamed. 
2-4. Jane, b. at Gosberton, Dec. 25, 1827, d. at Ithaca, N. Y., Nov. 

9, 1867. TURRILL. 

2-5. Mary, b. at Gosberton, Aug. 11, 1831, res. 1873, Ithaca, N. Y. 


2-6. Sarah Ann, b. at Manhattanville, New York city, Dec. 17, 1835, 
d. in Danby, N. Y., July 29, 1856; unm. 

2-1. Henry Barton Dawson, eldest child and only son of 
Abraham and Mary Barton Dawson, was b. in Gosberton, 
Lincolnshire, England, June 8, 1821, and emigrated thence 
with his parents in 1834 to New York city. He enjoyed good 
educational advantages in his native place, and after his arrival 
in New York attended the public schools of that city for some 
time. In March, 1836, he left school in order to assist his 
father in his business of gardening, and continued to work with 
him until the removal of the family to Ithaca, N. Y., in the 
fall of 1837. In Ithaca, after a short term in the service of Mr. 
Isaac Bower, wheelwright, he became a clerk in the bookselling 
and publishing house of Messrs Mack, Andrus and Woodruff. 
This engagement was succeeded by a clerkship to a resident of 
Ithaca, engaged in the lumber business, in whose service he re- 
turned to New York in April, 1839. In this business he 
remained under successive employers until May, 1844, after 
which, until the summer of 1847, ^^ ^^s bookkeeper and cashier 
to firms engaged in the sale of drugs and patent medicines. 

Having loaned some money, in 1845, to the proprietor of 
The Crystal Fount^ a temperance and literary newspaper, he was 
obliged to take the printing office and paper in payment of his 
claim. For more than a year, besides attending to his duties as 
bookkeeper for his employers, he edited and published this paper, 
being obliged to devote his evenings to the latter employment. 
Finding this double duty too burdensome, owing partly to failing 
health, he resigned his situation in 1847, and devoted his whole 
time to his newspaper. The literary enterprise thus undertaken 
finally failed, but no doubt had great influence in shaping his 
future career. While subsequently engaged as agent of the Inter- 
national Art Union and of the American Art Union, and as an 
officer of the Wall street Ferry Company, the Emigrant Aid 

172 The Dawson Family 

2-2. Jane Barton, b, at Gosberton, April 14, iSi^, u. a.i .i<iiut 1 ■'^'-, 

March zi, 1826. * " , 

2-3. A daughter, d. unnamed. 
2-4. Jane, b. at Gosberton, Dec. 25, 1827, d. at Ithaca, N. Y., Nov. 

9, 1867. Ti;rrii.l. 
2-5. Mary, b. at Gosberton, .Aug. 11, 1831, res. 1873, Ithaca, N. Y. 


2-6. Sarah .Ann, b. ai Munhattanville, New York city, Dec. 17, 1835, 
d. in Daiity, N Y., July 29, 1856; unm. 

2-1 . H E V - ' ^ wsoN, eldest child and only son of 

Abraham a. Dawson, was b. in Gosberton, 

^ ' " ' nigrated thence 

nioyed good 
y.': ajrival 
iii*. pubm. acltuojs oj lilal City (oi Some 
I a 36, he left school in order to assist his 
v,vpv\ <i\ nif. o'jsiness of gardening, and continued to work with 
him until the removal of the family- to Ithaca, N. Y., in the 
fall of 1837. In Ithaca, after a short term in the service of Mr. 
Isaac Bower, wheelwright, he became a clerk in the bookselling 
and publishing house of Messrs Mack, Andrus and Woodruff. 
This engagement was succeeded by a clerkship to a resident of 
Ithaca, engaged in the lumber business, in whose service he re- 
turned to New York in April, 1839. In this business he 
remained under successive employers until May, 1844, after 
which, until the summer of 1847, he was bookkeeper and cashier 
to firms engaged in the sale of drugs and patent medicines. 

Having loaned some money, in 1845, *° ^^^ proprietor of 
The Cryitiii F"'--' ■■> n-mni-nn,-,' r.rirl 1;^,'r3^^.• n.-vvsnaper, hc was 
obliged to tal, mcnt of his 

claim. For .■ . his duties as 

bookkeeper fui h.s . . l).jbiished this paper, 

being obliged to de . ., latter employment. 

Finding this double dusv ■", ,.., ■ :,-.,:i,l, owing partly to failing 
health, he' resigned his situati-iti m 1847, and devoted his whole 
time to his newspaper. The literary enterprise thus undertaken ■ 
finally failed, but no doubt had great influence in shaping his 
future career. While subsequently engaged as agent of the Inter- 
national Art Union and of the American Art Union, and as an 
officer of the Wall street Ferry Company, the Emigrant .\id 

il^.v'^^^ f^iQu.'x.^A^^Z^ 

The Dawson Family. 173 

Company, and of three different insurance companies, his pen 
was not idle. He early developed a taste for historical studies, 
particularly those connected with the annals of the city of his 
adoption. The failure, in 1855, of an insurance company with 
which he was connected, left him without regular employment, 
and he accepted an offer from Messrs Johnson, Fry & Co., 
publishers, to write a work for them on the military and naval 
history of this country. This was his first book, although he 
had before become known by The Park and its Vicinity, written 
for and published in the Manual of the common council of New 
York city, for 1855 ; the Life and Times of Anne Hutchinson, 
written for the Baptist Historical Society ; and The Retreats through 
Westchester, in 1776, written for the New York Historical 
Society. In accordance with his arrangement with Messrs 
Johnson, Fry & Co., The Battles of the United States by Sea and 
Land was published as a serial in forty elegantly printed and il- 
lustrated numbers, beginning in the autumn of 1858, and proved 
very successful. In the progress of this work he was led into a 
controversy concerning the merits of Major General Israel 
Putnam, with two literary gentlemen of Hartford. The letters 
on both sides were afterwards collected in a sumptuous volume 
which has commanded prices as high as fifty dollars per copy. 
In 1863-4 he published an edition of The Fasderalist, with much 
original illustrative matter from his own pen, being the first of 
a projected series of historical works relating to the constitution 
of the United States. This enterprise also elicited a heated 
controversy, in which he was assailed by Hon. John Jay, grand- 
son of one of the authors of the original work, and by James A. 
Hamilton, son of another of its authors. Mr. Dawson replied 
to each successively in a manner that showed a ready command 
of facts which satisfied his friends if not his opponents. Since 
this time his historical papers have been so numerous as to 
render impracticable even a mention of their titles in this con- 
nection. Several of them, having been printed in limited 
editions, now command extremely high prices from collectors 
of works relating to American history and for public libraries. 

For every literary undertaking he has prepared himself by the 
most laborious, conscientious and exhaustive study. He has no 
sympathy for the current fictions of history, no respect for paper- 

174 T^he Dawson Family. 

made heroes and statesmen. The extent, minuteness and variety 
of his information in regard to the history of our country, and 
the enthusiasm and perseverance which he carries into new fields 
of historical research, render him formidable both as a contro- 
versialist and critic. For this kind of literature his talents ad- 
mirably fit him. He wields a vigorous pen, is ingenious and 
skillful in the use of arguments, and shows himself a remorseless 
iconoclast, dealing his blows with reckless directness, not heeding 
the consequences to himself or others. 

In 1866 he bought The Historical Magazine, "of which he 
became the editor and publisher. Ten volumes of this magazine 
having already been completed, he commenced with the first 
number issued by him, a new and enlarged series, to which he 
has since contributed many valuable papers. Under his manage- 
ment, which is still (1873) continued, it has attained a very high 

He has been employed by the state authorities of New York 
to examine and report on the boundaries of that state on the 
lines of New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut, and the 
Vestry of Trinity Church, New York, has manifested its sense 
of his ability by inviting him to become the historian of that 
venerable and celebrated parish. 

Mr. Dawson's correspondents include most of the historians, 
and many of the prominent public men — military and civil — 
in the country. He has been elected a member of numerous 
historical and statistical societies, and he is the fortunate pos- 
sessor of one of the largest and best working libraries on 
American history to be found in the state in private hands. 

He was brought up a Baptist of the old school, and is a reso- 
lute and uncompromising Calvanist in his religious views. In 
politics he was originally a Democrat, as he is still according to 
his own declaration, but he has by no means uniformly adhered 
to the party claiming to represent Democratic principles in the 
United States. He is a rigid opponent of a centralized power 
either at Albany or Washington. 

In 1 869, having sought to apprentice one of his sons, William 
M. Dawson, to the bricklayers' trade in Morrisania, he took a 
bold stand in resisting the unreasonable terms prescribed by the 
Bricklayers' Union of that place. The son's discharge having 

The Dawson Fatnily. 175 

been effected through the compulsory action of that association, 
Mr. Dawson brought civil and criminal suits against certain 
members of the Union, and succeeded, not only in obtaining 
judgment against them for the loss of his son's services, but in 
convicting them criminally, and having them sentenced as con- 
spirators to interrupt trade. His son was already apprenticed 
and at work in New York, and in these proceedings he was 
actuated merely by a desire to sustain what he considered to be 
his right as a citizen to enter into and fulfill, without mischievous 
interference, a lawful contract with one of his neighbors.' 

In his private relations Mr. Dawson is eminently happy. 
His manifold engagements do not prevent a due regard to the 
social amenities of life, and he is apt to take his friends into the 
inner sanctuary of his affections. 

The compiler is indebted to him for many kindnesses during 
the preparation of this work. 

Mr. Dawson m. May 28, 1845, Catharine Martling, b. in 
Tarrytown, N. Y., Dec. 8, 1821, dau. of Abraham D. and 
Esther Whelpley Martling — one of the most ancient families of 
Westchester county. They have had nine children : 

3-1. Spencer H. Cone, b. May ii, 1846, d. at West Farms, N. Y., 

July 9, I 87 1 ; U7im. 
3-2. Henry Barton, b. Dec. 19, 1847 ; printer. 
3-3. William Martling, b. Aug. 29, 1849 ; bricklayer. 
3-4. Stephen Van Rensselaer, b. Sept. 21, I 851. 
3-5. George Cooley, b. Sept. 25, 1853. 
3-6. Mary Dawson, b. June 17, 1855. 
3-7. Catharine Martling, b. April 9, 1859. 
3-8. Esther Martling, b. July 17, 1861, d. March 16, 1865. 
3-9. Caroline Dutcher, b. Aug. 31, 1863. 

They have also an adopted daughter : 
Anna Augusta, b. Oct. 30, 1851. 

2-4. Jane Dawson, b. at Gosberton, England, Dec. 25, 
1827, d. at Ithaca, N. Y., Nov. 9, 1867, aged 40. She m, in 

■ The above sketch is in part condensed from " A memoir of Henry B. Dawson, 
Esquire, by John Ward Dean," published in The Historical Magazine for December, 
1868, which number of the magazine was entirely edited by Mr. Dean, its original 
editor. Accompanying the article referred to is a fine steel portrait of Mr. Dawson, 
a copy of which, from the same plate, is presented herewith. See also, Duyckinck's 
Cyclopedia of American Literature . 

176 The 'Dawson Family. 

Ithaca, June ir, 1858, William O. Turrill. They had 
three children, all b. in Ithaca : 
3-10. Henry William, b. Feb. 3, 1859. 
3-11. Adele Virginia, b. Sept. z8, 1861. 
3-12. Annette Louisa, b. May 21, 1864. 

2-5. Mary Dawson, b. at Gosberton, England, Aug. II, 
1831, m. in Ithaca, N. Y., Feb. 15, 1871, Rev. Francisco 
DusENBURY, a Baptist minister. They res. 1873, '" Ithaca. 


Of Brooklyn and Cohoes, N. Y., 1848-1873. 

1. Henry Dawson, b. in Nottingham, England, 1815, 
emigrated from Nottinghamshire to America in 1848. He lived 
In Brooklyn in 1849, where he followed his trade as a machinist, 
but removed soon after to Cohoes, Albany county, where he has 
been for some years engaged in business as a manufacturer of 
needles. (H. Dawson & Son, i86g ; Dawson & Knott, 1872). 
He m. in Radford, Nottinghamshire, 1833, Ann Radford^ who 
was b. in Nottingham, 1817, dau. of John and Elizabeth Rad- 
ford. They res. 1873, '" Cohoes, and have had seven children : 
2-1. Henry, b. in Nottingham, Eng., Oct., 1834, res. 1873, Brooklyn ; ot. 
2-2. Ann Shannon, b. in Radford, Eng., July, 1 836, res. 1 873, Cohoes ; 

2 children. 
2-3. John, b. in Radford, June, 1839, res. 1873, in Cohoes; m. 
2-4. Lucy, b. in Radford, Feb., 1843, res. 1 873, in Brooklyn. Heron. 
2-5. Eliza, b. in Radford, Feb., 1846, m. William Davis, res. 1873, 

in Troy, N. Y. 
2-6. William, b. in Brooklyn, N. Y., June, 1849, res. 1873, in Cohoes. 
2-7. James Radford, b. in Cohoes, May, 1852, res. 1873, in Cohoes ; 


2-1. Henry Dawson Jun., b. in Nottingham, England, 
Oct., 1834, m. in Brooklyn, N. Y., Nov., 1853, Sarah Green. 
He was a bookbinder and manufacturer of blank books, in 
Brooklyn and New York, 1856-1870; president of the Wood- 
man and Kaufman Republican club, Brooklyn, 1870; alderman 
of the eighteenth ward, 1871-72 ; and assistant U. S. assessor, 
1870-72. They res. 1873, in Brooklyn, E. D., and have five 
children, all b. in Brooklyn : 
3-1. James Henry, b. 1855. 
3-2. Frances .•^nn, b. 1857. 
3-3. Lucy Elizabeth, b. i860. 
3-4. Frederick William, b. 1866. 
3-5. Harry Radford, b. 1870. 

lyS The Da'wso?i Family. 

2-3. John Dawson, b. in New Radford, England, June 
21, 1839, emigrated with his parents from Nottinghamshire to 
America about 1848. He m. in Cohoes, N. Y., Jan. 15, 1862, 
Mary Long, who was b. in Hathorn, England, Jan. 17, 1842, 
dau. of John and Maria Long. He is a needle maker. They 
res. 1873, in Cohoes, and have four children, all b. in that place : 
3-6. William, b. Dec. 28, 1862. 
3-7. Lincoln, b. May 22, 1865. 
3-8. Lizzie, b. Aug. 17, 1868. 
3-9. Maria, b. March 5, 1872. 

2-4. Lucy Dawson, b. in Radford, England, Feb., 1843, '^• 
William Heron. They res. 1873, '" Brooklyn. Two chn. : 

3-10. Harry. 
3-1 1. Gertrude. 

Of New York City, 1849-1871. 

1. Mr. James Dawson states that he was b. in Corlea, 
county Donegal, Ireland, March 17, 1833, and came to America 
in June, 1849. ^'^ father, Michael Dawson, d. in Corlea, Aug. 
15, 1842, aged 31 years ; his mother was Catharine Dawson, 
dau. of Daniel Dawson, of Kildoney, county Donegal.' He 
m. in New York, Feb. 19, 1857, ^"" Killien, who d. at their 

•His father's ancestors were originally Dowsons, and were Scotch, but changed the 
name to Dawson after coming into Ireland. His mother's family claimed to have 
sprung from the name MacDevitt. ** Thus," he says, ** I am a double Uawson, or 
rather a Dowson-MicDevitt-Dawson ; but how or why the name of my mother's 
family became changed from MacDevitt to Dawson I cannot say. This I do know, 
we are not of English stock. If we were, we might be land owners; but we were 
all tenants, and haters of English rule." (See remarks on the origin of the name 
Dowson, page 4, and for explanation of the change of MacDevitt Co Dawson — a 
change in form, merely, for in signification they are the same — see note 1 of same 
page). His father was son of James Dawson, who d. in Ireland, Aug. 16,1832, 
aged 54; son of James Dawson, d. July 10, i8ii,aged 56; son of Bernard Dowson 
or Dawson, b. in town of Athlone, county West Meath, d. in Corlea, May 11, 1768. 
The last named said to be descended from David Dowson who emigrated from Scot- 
land into county Donegal some time in the seventeenth century. 

The Dawson Family. 179 

residence, 38 Ridge street, July 10, 187 1, aged 36 years. He 

is a manufacturer of britannia and silver plated ware. They 

had five children, as follows : 

2-1. John, b. in New York, Feb. 2, 1858, d. Apiil 28, 1859. 

2-2. Mary Emily, b. in New York, Aug. 29, 1859. 

2-3. Rebecca Jane, b. in Beverly, Mass., Feb. 20, 1862. 

2-4. Frank O'Mallev, b. in Brooklyn, N. Y., Dec. 10, 1864, d. Jan. 

15, 1865. 
2-5. Katie, b. in New York, July 8, 1870, d. March 27, 1871. 

1. Mr. Thomas Dawson, (brother of Michael Dawson, the 
father of James Dawson, above named), was b. in Corlea, Ire- 
land, Sept. 9, 1823, and resides, 1871, at 688 Second avenue. 
New York city, being by trade a painter. He m. in New York, 
May 22, 1849, ^^U Ki/lien, who d. Dec. 24, i860. They 
had five children, all b. in New York : 

James Henry, b. Jan. 24, 1851, d. May 24, 1855. 
Thomas Francis, b. Feb. 15, 1852, d. Feb. 22, 1871 
Mary Emily, b. March 5, 1854. 
James Henry, b. Feb. 28, 1856 ; printer. 
Ambrose, b. Nov. 20, i860, d. May 19, 1865. 

Of Brooklvn, E. D., N. Y., 1870. 

Tkefolhwingfriim Mr. James S. Daivson, 0/215 ^'"' ■S'-i Brooklyn, E. D., Dec, 1870. 

1. John Dawson was b. in England, near the Scottish line, 
and m. there Margaret Seaton. They emigrated to St. Johns, 
Province of New Brunswick, and had three sons : 

2-1. John, who is believed to be now Jiving in N. B., where he has a 

2-2. Thomas, of whom nothing more is known. 
2-3. James S., b. in St. Johns, 1794, d. in Kingston, Jamaica, W. I., 

before 1830. 

2-3. James S. Dawson, b. in St. Johns, 1794, d. in Kings- 
ton, Jamaica, was a ship carpenter. He m. Catharine T. 

i8o The Dawson Fatiiily. 

Cochran^ who survived him, and removed to New York city, 

about 1830, with her family, consisting of: 

3-1. John, b. in New Brunswick, res. 1870, in Brooklyn, E. D. 

3-2. Margaret Ann, b. in Eastport, Me. 

3-3. James S., b. in New Brunswick, 1825, res. 1870, in Brooklyn, E. D. 

3-4. Williaip, b. in New Brunswick, d. in California, from drowning ; 

3-1. John Dawson, b. in New Brunswick, res. 1870, in 
Brooklyn, E. D., is a ship caulker. He m. in New York, 
Sarah Kiri, and has living, two sons and two daughters : 
4-1. Albert F., shorthand legal reporter, res. 1870, in Brooklyn, E. D. ; 

has a family. 
4-2. Caroline. 
4-3. William Augustus. 
4-4. Jane. 

3-3. James S. Dawson, was b. at Mason's Bay, N. B., 
March 11, 1825, res. 1870, at 215 Kent St., Brooklyn, E. D., 
is a ship carpenter. He m. Amelia Oshorn^ of New York city, 
and has had two sons, both deceased, and one daughter. 

"George Dawson, of New York and Michigan." Since 
the record beginning on page 166 was printed, additional infor- 
mation has been received by the compiler, as follows : 

2-1. James Dawson, farmer, b. in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1810, d. in 
Clayton, Mich., 1865, aged 55. He m. in Mich., March 18, 1836, 
Almira Cotton, who was b. in Cayuoa county, N. Y., 18 14, dau. of 
Alpheus Cotton. She res. a widow 1873, at Royal Oak. Their children, 
all b. in Mich., are now named in theorder of birth, as follows: I. Sarah 
Jane, b. at Royal Oak, June 7, 1837, res. 1873, Royal Oak, unm. II. 
James W., b. at Troy, July 7, 1839, res. 1873, Flint, Mich., m. Jan. i, 
1862, Hattie A. Williams; three children: Ida E., b. Oct. 3, 1863, 
Ada A., b. Jan. 1 2, 1 866, d. July 7, 1 868, Matilda E., b. Jan. 1 o, 1 868. 
III. Isaac, b. at Royal Oak, April 2, 1841, res. 1873, Royal Oak, m. 
July 7, 1868, Amelia Schonhit ; one son, George William, b. Aug. 30, 
1869. IV. Edward, b. in Troy, March 8, 1843, m. April 2, 1871, 
Matilda Norris, and res. 1873, at Royal Oak. V. Mary A., b. at Royal 
Oak, Aug. 23, 1847, m. ist., Oct. 17, 1S64, C. L. Hitchcock, who d. 
Nov. 16, 1866, leaving dau., Nettie D., b. Nov. 20, 1865, d. Nov. 21, 

"The Dawson Family. i8i 

1 869. Mary A., m. zd., Feb. 20, 1867, Henry Russell, and res. 1873, 
at Royal Oak ; one dau., Julia E., b. June 3, 1868. 

2-4. Jmie Dnwson, b. in Toronto, Canada. Oct. 5, 1822, m. March 
20, 1826, Carlton Smith, who was b. in Orwell, Rutland, Vermont, 
1818, son of Nathaniel and Sarah Smith. They res. 1873, in Flint, 
Mich., and have three children : I. George D., b. in Richfield, Mich., 
Feb. 5, 1837, m. Dec. 12, 1859, J^^/w MrCsji, res. Flint ; one son, 
Edgar B., b. May 4, i860. II. Levi R., b. in Richfield, Sept. 27, 1839, 
m. May 17, 1872, Alia Brewer, res. Flint. III. Darwin P., b. in 
Warren, Mich., Oct. 17, 1851, res. Flint. 

3-7. BuRRET S. Dawson, m. Nov. 21, 1873, Annie I. Thompson, of 
Albany, N. Y. 


Of Syracuse, N. Y., 1873. 

' 1. William Dawson, of Hackneywick, London, England, 

m. Amelia Fevouz, who was of French descent. They had five 

children, all b. in London : 

2-1. Walter, b. 1828. 

2-2. Sidney R., b. 1830, d. 1872. 

2-3. Amelia, b. 1 833. 

z-4. Mary Ann, b. 1835. 

2-5. Henry Hodgeson, b. 1837, res. 1873, Syracuse, N. Y. ; m. 

2-5. Henry Hodgeson Dawson, b. in London, 1837, m. 
Abigail Shaw., of Concord, N. H. He is a master mechanic 
of the Syracuse and Binghamton R. R. Res. Syracuse, N. Y. 
They have one child : 
3-1. Amelia H., b. in New York city, March, 1861. 


For records of several families now of this state see the pre- 
ceding pages. 

Southern New Jersey contained residents of the name at an 
early day. The following record comprises such information as 
the compiler has been able to obtain in reference to these families. 


Of Burlington County, N. J., 17 — .' 

1. Francis Dawson, a Quaker, was a resident of Northamp- 
ton township, Burlington county, N. J., 1729, and probably 
some years earlier. Whence he came is not known, but it is 
surmised that he may have been of the family of Frances Daw- 
son, who was of Talbot county, Md., 1688 ; perhaps a son of 
her son Richard Dawson, who m. Susanna Foster, 1698. (See 
Maryland records). He m. 9 mo. 19, 1729, Rachel Jess, widow 
of Zachariah Jess, and dau. of Restore and Rachel Lippincott. 
Nothing is known as to issue of this marriage, if any ; but by a 
former wife Francis Dawson had children as follows : 
2-1. Rachel, m. 1737, James Southwick. 
2-2. Richard, of whom presently. 
2-3. Francis, m. 1758, Sarab Southwick. 

2-2. Richard Dawson m. Lydla Silver., 1743. They lived 
at or near Salem, N. J., and had : 
3-1. Francis, b. 12 mo. 28, 1754, d. April 2, 1824 ; m. 

The following, all of Salem, are supposed to have been also 

■ For extracts from (Juaker records relating to this family, the compiler is indebted 
to W. F. Corbit, Esq., of Philadelphia. 

The Dawson Family. 183 

children of Richard and Lydia Dawson, probably b. before 
Francis. All of them were disowned by the Salem monthly 
meeting of Friends, at the dates below given, for " outgoing in 
marriage " — marrying out of the Society. For this reason their 
further history is not traceable in the records of the Society. 
They may have been related to the families of our name at Falls 
meeting, Bucks county, Pa. (See Pennsylvania records). Lydia, 
one of the supposed daughters of Richard and Lydia Dawson, 
received a certificate from the Salem meeting, to go to the Falls 
meeting, 10 mo. 31, 1768, but appears not to have removed, as 
she was a few years later disowned by the Salem meeting. 
Richard Dawson and family were granted a certificate by the 
Salem meeting, 6 mo. 29, 1772, to move to Haddonfield, but 
it would seem remained in Salem, for the next year (i mo. 25, 
1773) they also were disowned by that meeting, doubtless on 
account of having been present at the marriage of one of their 
children where the ceremony was performed by a " priest," as 
the Friends denominated any minister of the Gospel not of their 
Society. Disownment was then, among Friends, a common 
penalty for marrying a non-member, or for being present at any 
marriage consummated otherwise than by Friends' ceremony. 
The following are the disownments above referred to of supposed 
children of Richard and Lydia Dawson : 

3-2. Ann, disowned as Ann Pedrick, late Dawson, 6 mo. 24, 1767. 
3-3. Aaron, 4 mo. 27, 1772. 
3-4. Moses, 4 mo. 4, 1774. 

3-5. Lydia, as Lydia Cowgill, late Dawson, 7 mo. 25, 1774- 
3-6. Zedediah, 12 mo. 31, 1787. 

3-1. Francis Dawson, b. 12 mo. 28, 1754, a birth-right 
member of the Society of Friends, was disowned by the Salem, 
N. J., meeting, on his twenty-fourth birth-day, 12 mo. 28, 1778, 
probably on account of his marriage, a few months before (April 
12, 1778), to Hannah Beetle. She was his first wife, b. 1757, 
d. June 21, 1780.' They had one child : 
4-1. Sarah, b. June 14, 1779. 

■ •' Hannah Dawson, wife to Francis Dawson, was drowned out of a shallop in the 
eir of our Lord 1780. It happened the list day of Jeun that she was drowned, and 
was found the 25! h day, and was beurred 26 day of Jeun." — Extract from a record, 
made by Francis Dawson, on the fly leaves of an old volume, published by Joseph 

184 T^he Dawson Family. 

He m. 2d. {" minister North " performing the ceremony), 
April 2, 1781, Lucy Long., b. Sept. 2, 1761, d. Feb. 20, 1796,' 
dau. of Jonas and Ann Long. They had six children : 
4—2. Hannah. 
4-3. Lucy. 

4-4. Richard, b. 1 785, d. 1788. 
4-5. Mary. 

4-6. EHzabeth, b. 1793, d. 1795- 
4-7. Ann, b. Dec. 8, 1795, d. Dec. 21, 1795. 

Francis Dawson m. 3d., Dec. 18, 1798, Deborah Macgomery. 
They lived in Pedricktown, Salem county, N. J., where he d. 
April 2, 1824, aged 70 years, and she d. Sept., 1824. They had 
six children, all b. in Pedricktown : 

4-8. Francis, b. Nov. 14, 1799, d. near Salem, N. J., about 1861 ; m. 
4-9. Richard, b. April 24, 1803, d. in Centre Square, N. J., about 

1858; m. 
4-10. Deborah, b. May 9, 1806, res. Gloucester Co., N. J. Dawson. 
4-11. Amy, b. Feb. 18, 1809, d. near Centre Square, N. J., about 1862. 

4-12. Dorcas, b. Jan. 24, 1812, res. 1873, Philadelphia, Pa. Applegate. 
4-13. Rebecca, b. Oct. I i, 1817, res. 1873, Auburn, Salem Co., N. J. 

String ; Castle. 

4-8. Francis Dawson, b. in Pedricktown, N. J., Nov. 14, 
1799, d. near Salem, N. J., about 1861, m. Eli%abeth Beetle. 
They had seven children, who res. in Salem Co., N. J., and 
have families : 
5-1. Samuel. 

5-2. Jonathan, res. Bridgeton, N. J. ; a son in Methodist ministry. 
5-3. George. 
5-4. John. 
5-5. Francis. 
5-6. Mary Ann. 
5-7. Elizabeth. 

4-9. Richard Dawson, b. in Pedricktown, N. J., April 
24, 1803, d. in Centre Square, N. J., about 1858, m. Martha 
Jtiinson. They had seven chn. , who res. in Gloucester Co., N. J. : 

5-8. Edmund J., m. Zebiah Corson, res. Bridgeport, N. J. ; several chn. 

Cruikshank, in Philadelphia, 1781, entitled The Plainness and Innocent SimpUdly of 
the Christian Religion, now in possession of Rev. Thomas M. Dawson, Oakland, 

' " February, loth day, in the cir of our Lord, 1796, then the Lord saw fit to take 
my deir and beloved wife from me. Her age was 34 years, 4 mos. and 10 days." — UiJ. 

The Dawson Family. 185 

5-9. Francis, m. . 

5-10. James, m. . 

5-11. Charles, m. . 

5-12. Richard, m. . 

5—13. Deborah, m. Joseph Roberts. 
5-14. Susannah, unm. 

4-10. Deborah Dawson^ b. May 9, 1806, m. Thomas 
Dawson, a distant relative. They resided near Centre Square, 
Gloucester county, N. J., and had two children : 
5-15. Caroline, b. 1830, d. Sept., 1866. Tozer. 
5-16. Thomas M., b. April 10, 1840, res. 1873, Oakland, Cal. ; m. 

4-11. Amy Daw son ^\>. in Pedricktown,N. J., Feb. 18, 1809, 
d. near Centre Square, N. J., about 1 862, m. William Cooker. 
They had three children:- 
5-17. Lewis. 
5-18. Henry. 
5-19. Emeline. * 

4-12. Dorcas Dawson, b. in Pedricktown, N. J., Jan. 12, 
1812, m. Israel Applegate, carpenter, and res. 1873, 1927 
CallowhiU St., Philadelphia, Pa. They had three children : 
5-20. Mary. 
5-21. Hannah. 
5-22. Emma, unm. 

4-13. Rebecca Dawson, b. in Pedricktown, N. J., Oct. 11, 
1817, m. 1st., William String. They had four children: 
5-23. Adeline. 
5-24. Sarah Jane. 
5-25. William. 
5-26. Robert. 

She m. 2d., Mahlon Castle, and res. 1873, Auburn, Salem 
Co., N. J. Two children : 
5-27. .'Abigail. 
5-28. Mahlon. 

5-15. Caroline Dawson, b. in Gloucester Co., N. J., 1830, 
m. about 1851, John E. Tozer, and d. Sept., 1866, leaving 
seven children : 
6-1. Caleb B. 
6-2. Anna Eliza. 
6-3. Rachel. 
6-4. Thomas Stephen. 


1 86 The 'Dawson Family. 

6-5. [TozER.] Martha. 

6-6. John. 

6-7. Charles Joseph. 

5-16. Rev. Thomas M. Dawson, was b. near Centre 
Square, Gloucester Co., N. J., April 10, 1840. After the 
usual preliminary education he graduated at Auburu Theological 
Seminary, N. Y., May 10, 1866. In June, 1866, he received 
the degree of A.M. from the Wabash College, Indiana, and in 
the same month was ordained and installed pastor of the First 
Presbyterian church in Lewisburg, Pa. He remained there one 
year, and accepted a unanimous call to the Seventh Presbyterian 
church, in New York city. The summer of 1870 he spent 
in company with his wife in Europe, traveling through England, 
France, Switzerland and Scotland. After a pastorate of three 
and a half years in New York city, he removed to Monticello, 
N. Y., where he remained two years as pastor of the First 
Presbyterian church of that place. In November, 1872, he ac- 
cepted a unanimous call to the First Presbyterian church, in 
Brooklyn (now Oakland), near San Francisco, California. In 
May, 1873, he was a delegate from the Presbytery of San 
Francisco to the General Assembly in Baltimore, Md. While 
in New York he was moderator of the Third Presbytery of 
N. Y., and published a semicentennial discourse on the History 
of the Seventh Church. Many of his sermons, on various topics, 
have been published, and he has published several stories, as 
Ralph Donaldson., Mrs. Thornesdale., etc., also a History of the 
Ancient Aztecs, and uncounted newspaper articles. He m. Feb. 
23, 1869, Mamie E. Brush, of Brooklyn, N. Y. They res. 
in Oakland, and have one child : 
6-8. Mamie B., b. May 17, 1871. 

John Dawson was a private in New Jersey stjte militia during Rev. war. — See OJi- 
ccn and Men of N. J. in Rev. war, p. 568. 


For an account of one of the principal families of the name 
in this state, originally established in Maryland, reference must 
be had to the Maryland records ; while one of the records which 
are here inserted concerns families now almost wholly of Mary- 
land, emigration having, in these cases, reversed the relationship 
to the original (American) ancestors. 

A record of the descendants of John and Dorothy Dawson, 
of Abington, Pa., which should, by reason of priority of settle- 
ment, be the first inserted of the Pennsylvania records, is post- 
poned to the close of this work, time being required for further 
additions and corrections. 

Records of several other families, distinct, so far as known, 
from each other and from those above mentioned, are here added. 
Altogether, they constitute but a very imperfect record of the 
families of our name in Pennsylvania, which have been numerous 
from an early date.' 

The following are various notices of names, as yet unclassified, 
preserved by way of memoranda for future reference. It is 
hoped that others more immediately interested may undertake to 
supply the deficiencies of this work. 

The will of Emanuel Dawson, mason, of Philadelphia, dated March 
31, 1708, proved May 26, 1708, mentions w. Hannah, and children 
WilHam, Rebecca, Thomas, Charles and Susannah, The wid. sold part 
of the estate same year. John Dawson, son of Emanuel, d. 3 mo. 29, 

William Dawson, schoolmaster, of Philadelphia,- died about middle 
of last century ; the widow, Mary, m. Robert Moore, joiner. William 

■ The Directory of the city of Philadelphia for 1870-71 contains the names of 
upwards of seventy Dawsons — double the number contained in the New York Direct- 
ory of that year, and about equal to those found in the Directories of New York and 
Brooklyn combined, in which cities, next to Philadelphia, the representatives of the 
name are, relatively to the population, more numerous than in any other of the large 
cities of the country. The Pittsburgh city Directory contains seventeen names of 
Dawsons; that of Buffalo, two only ; that of Rochester, four — which facts illustrate 
the greater frequency of the name in western Pennsylvania as compared with western 
New York. 

' Perhaps author of" The Youth's Entertaining Amusement, or a Plain Guide to 
Psalmody, being a choice collection of tunes sung in the English Protestant Congrc- 

1 88 T'he Dawson Fatnily. 

and Mary Dawson liad dau. Ann. Ann Dawson d. in Philadelphia, in- 
testate, 1758, 

Abraham Dawson, Philadelphia, d intestate, 1774. Edward Dawson 
appointed administrator. 

Matthew Dawson, of Philadelphia, by will dated Oct. 2, 1849, proved 
Aug 15, 1755, left all his estate to his brother James Dawson. 

Michael Dawson, pilot, and w. Sarah, lived in Philadelphia about 
1780-88, and afterwards removed to .Delaware. 

Thomas Dawson, Philadelphia, d. intestate, March 4, 1798 ; widow 
Elizabeth, administratrix; three children. 

George H. Dawson, d. intestate, 1798 ; Margaret Dawson, adminis- 
tratrix, Philadelphia. In Bucks county. Pa., about 1800, Sarab Stapler, 

dau. of Thomas and Margaret A/le?! Stapler, m. Dawson, and had 

Thomas, b. about 1801, Margaret, b. about 1803. 

Rachel Duwion m. Robert Drake, at Falls meeting (Society of Friends) 
in Bucks Co., Pa., 1798. 

Mary Dawson m. William Malice, at Christ Church, Philadelphia, 
1752. Mary Ann Dawson buried at Christ Church, July 27, 1717. 

The following marriages are from the records of the old Swedes church 
{Gloria Dei) at Philadelphia : James Dawson and Sarah Engle, Dec. 
10, 1751 ; Elizabeth Dawson and John Fenbye, April 21, 1751 ; 
Daniel Dawson and Hannah Hurst, Jan. 20, 1771 ; John Dawson and 
Margaret Carroll, Oct. 12, 1773 ; James Dawson and Elizabeth Neil, 
April 3, 1774 ; Sarah Dawson and ]ames Bowcher, Oct 18, 1786 ; 
Elizabeth Dawson and George Streaton, April 24, 1788 ; Mary 
Dawson ind Geokgz Blinford, Feb. 28, 1774. No births or deaths 
recorded. ' 

Isaac Dawson and Jeremiah Dawson were privates in Capt. Thomas 
Robinson's Co. of Col. Anthony Wayne's Penn. Baitaljon, at Ticon- 
deroga^Jan. 5, to Nov. 26, 1776.- 

Anthony Dawson, was a private in Co. 4, Capt. Rippey, Col. Jerome's 
Pa. Regt., at Mt. Independence, Nov. 28, \j-j6.'-' 

Samuel Dawson was appointed captain in the Eleventh Pa. Regt., by 
the Council of Safety at Philadelphia, Nov. 13, 1776 ; ' was allowed 
^21760 for "recruiting service, 1779"; ' died Sept. 25, 1779.'' He 
served under Col. Brodhead, at Pittsburgh.' 

gation in Philadelphia, with rules fur learning. By W. Dawson," which was adver- 
tised in 1754 as just publislied. — Watson's Annah of Philadelphia, 651. The 
annalist remarks on the title of the work as " a curious inadvertency," because it 
suggests the idea of combining " entertainment " with " psalmody." 

' Many marriages at the Swedes church and also at Christ church (Episcopal) were 
of those belonging to other religious sects, as Quakers, Presbyterians and Baptists; 
consequently no account of the iuue of such marriages appears on the records of these 
churches. The compiler is indebted to W. F. Corbit, Esq., of Philadelphia, for the 

< Colonial Records, XI, 2. 

5 SaffePs Rccordi, 227. 

' Colonial Records, xii, 435, 436. 

1 Penn. Archives, 1790, appendix, 145. 

The Dawson Family. 189 

Henry Dawson was ensign and quartermaster and lieutenant and 
quartermaster, from Feb. 22, 1778 10 Dec. 6, 1781, in Col. John 
Gibson's Detachment, western Department of the army ; received a land 
warrant for his services.' 

William Dawson, a corporal in the continental army, from Bensalem, 
Bucks Co., Pa., was among soldiers captured by the British, at Fort 
Washington, New York, Nov., 1776."'^ 


Of Philadelphia, 1738-1746. 

From letters of the late Mordecai L. Daiuson^of Philadelphia^ 1872, and other sourcet, 
thefoUotving : 

1. Robert Dawson emigrated to this country from Ireland 
before 1738. He was a merchant, and m. at Christ Church, 
in Philadelphia, March 5, 1738, Mary Warner. He afterwards 
united with the Society of Friends, and d. 6 mo. 2, 1746. 
They had two sons, both b. in Philadelphia :3 
2-1. William, b. 1738, d. in Philadelphia, 5 mo. 12, 1816 ; m. 
2-2. Robert, b. about, 1739, d. in Philadelphia, 1818 ; m. 

The widow of Robert Dawson m. at Swedes church, in 
Philadelphia, Aug. 6, 1751, George Morrison. She had no 
issue of 2d. marriage. 

2-1. William Dawson, a cutler by trade, b. about 1738, 
d. in Philadelphia, 1 81 6, having been engaged in the business 
of a brewer in that city for many years. He m. 12 mo. 8, 

■ SafFel's Records, 280, 501. 

= American Historical Record, Nov., 1873, p. 505. 

3 Possibly also two daughters, viz. : Sydney, who m. John Morrison, and Mary, 
who m. J. L. CoATES, and had J. R. Coates. The relationship is suggested by Mr. 
W. F. Corbit, of Philadelphia, 1873, to whom the compiler is indebted for informa- 
tion respecting this family. In 1746 administration was granted in Philadelphia on 
the estate of one Robert Dawson (b. probably about 1700). The widow, name not 
given, declined to administer, and others were appointed. This R. D. appears to 
have been wealthy, and had apparently just arrived with a ship load of goods, or 
died on the voyage, as the administrators* accounts show that some goods were still 
on the vessel at liis death. Was this the Robert, above named .' M. L. D. stated 
r, of this name, " came early in the last century, bringing little with 
I good character and the regrets of his honest neighbors." 

igo T/ie Dawsofz Family. 

1763, Elizabeth Sugar, b. 1739, d. June 15, 1821, dau. of 

Thomas Sugar. They had eight children : 

3-1. Robert, b. 10 mo. 4, 1764. 

3-2. Mary, b. 7 mo. 25, 1766. 

3-3. Anne, b. 2 mo. 29, 1768, m. 6 mo. 17, 1790, Tho.mas Rogers, 

son of Thomas and Elizabeth Rogers. 
3-4. Thomas, b. 12 mo. 10, 1769, d. 11 mo. 3, 1772. 
3-5. George, b. 9 mo. 5, 1771. 
3-6. William, b. 10 mo. 16, 1773, d. in Philadelphia, 3 mo. 3, 1800 ; 

3-7. Thomas, b. 7 mo. 26, 1775, d. 3 mo. 3, 1800. 
3-8. Warner, b. 12 mo. 12, 1783. 

2-2. Robert Dawson, stay maker, b. about 1739, d. in 
Philadelphia, 18 18, m. 6 mo. 25, 1765, Esther Elfreth, only 
dau. of Jeremiah and Elizabeth Elfreth. They had, besides 
probably other children who d. young : 
3-9. Rebecca, b. 1770, d. 1 mo. 25, 1855, unm. 
3-10. Josiah, b. 9 mo. 1, 1772, d. 8 mo. 29, 1858, aged nearly 86. 
He never married. See sketch below. 

Josiah Dawson (3-10 of this record) was educated a Friend, 
and went to Jeremiah Paul's school, quite celebrated in those 
early days. He served an apprenticeship with John and Elliston 
Perot, well known tradesmen of Philadelphia, but, being of a 
very timid and retiring disposition, never went into business. 
He inherited wealth, which by frugality and judicious manage- 
ment, he largely increased. His maternal grandmother was a 
descendant of Elves Berendtz,' a German who emigrated to this 
country in 1700. She took 20,000 pounds to her husband, 
which at that time was considered a great fortune. But the 
fortune of Josiah Dawson was not derived from this source. It 
partly arose from the great increase in the value of real estate, 
some of it having been kept for more than one hundred years, 
the possession of two long lived generations, combining the 
simplicity of Quakerism with the thrift and saving of the 
German character. He encouraged the accumulation of prop- 
erty through frugality, by precept and example, but devoted 
his life and fortune to works of beneficence and charity. By 
his will, after various private bequests, he gave about $3,000 
to the Friend's Asylum for the Insane, $25,000 to the West- 

' This name, jitiglkized, became Barnes, which is the family name in this country 

The Dawson Family. 1 9 1 

town Boarding School, $11,000 to the Contributors of the 
Pennsylvania Hospital, for the benefit of that institution, and 
the residue of his estate, amounting to some $225,000, or 
$250,000, he left to his executors, the proceeds and clear income 
of the same to be disposed of according to their discretion for 
the benefit of the charitable and benevolent institutions of Phila- 
delphia, and to alleviate the sufferings and promote the improve- 
ment and comfort of individuals and families of the industrious 
and deserving poor of that city.' 

3-6. William Dawson, brewer, b. 10 mo. 16, 1773, d. in 
Philadelphia, 3 mo. 3, 1800, m. 6 mo. 15, 1796, Rachel Leivis^ 
dau. of Mordecai and Rachel Lewis, of Philadelphia. They 
had three children, all b. in Philadelphia : 
4-1. William Lewis, b. 4 mo. 17, 1797, d. yourg.'- 
4-2. Ann, b. 3 mo. 25, 1798, m. 11 mo. 29, 1822, William Mor- 
rison, son of John and Sydney Morrison.'' 
4-3. Mordecai Lewis, b. 4 mo. 3, 1799, d. in Phila., 12 mo. 8, 1872 ; m. 

4-3. Mordecai Lewis Dawson, b. in Philadelphia, 4 mo. 
3, 1799, entered Westtown school, 1812, d. at his residence in 
Philadelphia, 12 mo. 8, 1872, aged 73. He was a member of 
the monthly meeting of Friends, of Philadelphia, and one of the 
executors of the will of the above named Josiah Dawson (3-10). 
In 1821 he succeeded his grandfather, William Dawson, in his 
business of a brewer, in which he continued until 1849. He 
was conspicuous in many charitable and benevolent objects. 
He was a manager of the Pennsylvania Hospital nearly twenty- 
eight years, and president of the board of managers sixteen years. 
He was a director of the Pennsylvania Institution for the Deaf 
and Dumb for thirty years, of which he was also vice-president ; 
a manager for twenty years and vice-president of the Magdalen 
Society of Philadelphia, and a director of Girard College for 
fourteen years, being active also in many other benevolent in- 
stitutions. Hem. 11 mo. 10, I'Hi.o, Elizabeth Poultney. They 
had eleven children. : ■• 

• Friends' Inielligtmer, ninth mi 

Dnth, 1858. 

» William L. Dawson entered, a '. 

itudent, at Westtown school, 1809, and Ann, 


3 See p. 189, n. 3. 

4 M. L. D. wrote the compiler, 

in 1872, " I know of no relatives in this < 

:ity of 


The Dawson Family. 

5-1. William, b. 7 mo. 3, 1821, d. 7 mo. 19, 1827. 

5-2. Letitia Poultney, b. 7 mo. 25, 1824, res. Philadelphia. Collins. 

5-3. Rachel, b. g mo. 3, 1827, res. Philadelphia. Morris. 

5-4. Elizabeth W., b. 12 mo. i, 1828. 

5-5. James Poultney, b. 3 mo. 18, 1830, d. 10 mo. 18, 1830. 

5-6. Anna Morrison, b, 7 mo. 28, 1831. 

5-7. Sarah W., b. 10 mo. i, 1833, d. 7 mo. 24, 1834. 

5-8. Mordecai Lewis, b. 8 mo. 15, 1835, d. 8 mo. 16, 1836. 

5-9. William Morrison, b. 5 mo. 2, 1838, lost on steamer Evening Star, 

wrecked, about 1867, off Charleston harbor. 
5-10. Charles Poultney, b. 5 mo. 18, 1842, res. 1872, Philadelphia ; m. 
5-11. Mary Poultney, b. 11 mo. 4, 1 843. 

5-2. Letitia Poultney Dawson^ b. in Philadelphia, 7 mo. 25, 
1824, m. 8 mo. 28, 1844, Frederick Collins, son of Isaac 
and Margaret Collins. They res. Philadelphia. Two children : 
6-1. Elizabeth D., b. 1 mo. 23, 1847. 
6-2. Anna Morrison, b. 4 mo. 26, 1849. 

5-3. Rachel Dawson^ b. 9 mo. 3, 1827, m. Stephen P. 
Morris, who d. in Philadelphia, son of Henry Morris. She 
res. in Philadelphia. One child : 
6-3. Elizabeth D. 

5-10. Charles Poultney Dawson, b. in Philadelphia, 5 
mo. 18, 1842, m. 10 mo. 28, 1863, Emily C. Pearsall, dau. of 
Robert and Emily Pearsall. They res. 1872, at 11 14 Pine St., 
Philadelphia. Two children : 
6-4. Helen G., b. 8 mo. 3, 1864. 
6-5. Emily P., b. 6 mo. 25, 1866. 


Of Philadelphia, Pa., 1765-1805. 

Fram Dr. Mordccai M. Daivson, of Easton, Md., Edward M. Daivsan, Esj., of 
fVashiT:gton^ D. C, and others, the folloiving : 

1. Elias Dawson and Elizabeth Morton, dau. of James 
Morton, were m. at Grange meeting, near Charlemont, county 
Armagh, Ireland, 5 mo. 25, 1763. They were members of" the 
Society of Friends, and emigrated to Philadelphia about the year 
1765, where she d. 9 mo. 19, 1768, aged 24 years. They had 
three children : 

2-1. Mary, b. in Ireland, 3 mo. II, 1764, d. 10 mo. 31, 1841, m. 12 
mo. 9, 1784, Jacob Sinton, son of Thomas and Mary Sinton, 
of Ireland ; said to h*'e lived in Wilkesbarre, Pa. 
2-2. William, b. in Philadelphia, 3 mo. 26, 1766, d. 12 mo. 23, 1782. 
2-3. Sarah, b. in Philadelphia, 3 mo. 26, 1768, d. 11 mo., 1768. 

Elias Dawson m. 2d., at Pine street meeting, Philadelphia, 6 
mo. 30, 1773, Elizabeth Offley, dau. of Daniel Offley, of that 
city. Mr. Dawson was a merchant, and d. in Philadelphia, 5 
mo. 14, 1805, and his widow Elizabeth, d. in Maryland, 10 mo. 
I, 1842, in her 92d year. They had nine children, all b. in 
Philadelphia, as follows : 

2-4. Rachel, b. 2 mo. 5, 1774, d. 12 mo. 1, 1774.' 

2-5. Elizabeth, b. 9 mo. i, 1775, d. 6 mo. 15, 1777- 

2-6. Sarah, b. 8 mo. 16, 1778. 

2-7. Elizabeth, b. 4 mo. 24, 1780, d. 7 mo. i, 1783. 

2-8. Thomas Hammersley, b. 8 mo. 5, 1782, d. 1 1 mo. 14, 1841 ; m, 

2-9. Daniel, b. 4 mo. 11, 1784. 

2-10. Rachel, b. 2 ino. 1786, d. 9 mo. 1786. 

2-11. Ann P., b. I mo. 23, 1789. 

2-12. Ruth, b. 5 mo. 25, 1791. 

2-8. Thomas Hammersley Dawson, b. in Philadelphia, 
8 mo. 5, 1782, was educated a physician, and graduated at the 
University of Pennsylvania. He entered into business as a 

■ From W. F. Corbit, Esq., Philadelphia, dates from Friends' records, as foUowi : 
Rachel, d. ii mo. 6, 1774, aged 10 mos. j Elizateih, d. 7 mo. 7, 1777, aged 18 mo>. 

194 T/;^ Dawson Family. 

druggist in Philadelphia in 1805, and about the year 1808 here- 
moved to Easton, Md., where he followed the same business 
for many years. Later in life, his elder son being associated 
with him in trade, he found leisure for other affairs, and accepted 
the position of teller in the branch at Easton, of the Farmers' 
Bank of Maryland. This position he held until his death, which 
occurred in Easton, 11 mo. 14, 1841. He m. in Baltimore 
county, Md., 10 mo. 3, 1810, Edith Matthews, dau. of Mordecai 
and Ruth Matthews, of Gunpowder, in that county.' They 
had eight children : 
3-1. Thomas Scott, b. 10 mo. 7, 181 1, d. in Easton, Md., 8 mo. 11, 

1842 ; m. 
3-2. Ruth Ann, b. 12 mo. 21, 1813, res. 1873, Baltimore. Balderston. 
3-3. Edward Matthews, b. 2 mo. 12, 18 16, d. in Easton, 12 mo. 31, 

1870 ; m. 
3-4. Mordecai Matthews, b. 9 mo. 10, 1818, res. 1873, Easton ; m. 
3-5. Elizabeth, b. 6 mo. 8, 1822, res. 1873, Easton. Jenkins. 
3-6. Elias OfBey, b. 11 mo. 28, 1826, res. 1873, Easton ; m. 
3-7. William Powell, b. 5 mo. 14, 1828, res. 1873, Baltimore ; m. 
3-8. Edith, b. 12 mo. 2, 1832, res. 1873, Baltimore. Carter. 

3-1. Thomas Scott Dawson, b. in Easton, Md., 10 mo. 
7, 181 1, educated at Westtown Friends' School, Chester Co., 
Pa., (entered 1825), d. at Easton, 8 mo. 11, 1842. He m. 
II mo. 5, 1839, Maria E. Groome,d?Lu. of Peregrine and Maria 
Groome, of Easton. They had two children : 
4-1. Ella Groome, b. 8 mo. 3, 1840, m. Philemon T. Kenner, and 

res. a widow, 1873, at Easton. 
4-2. Thomas Scott, b. 12 mo. 20, 1841, d. i mo. 1845. 

3-2. Ruth Ann Dawson, b. in Easton, Md., 12 mo. 21, 

1813, a pupil at Westtown school, 1829, m. 5 mo. 13, 1834, 
Jacob Balderston, son of Hugh and Margaret Balderston. 
They res. 1873, '" Baltimore. One child: 

4-3. Margaret, b. 6 mo. 23, 1836. 

' This lady, with her two elder children, returning from a visit to her parents in 

1814, had taken passage with others by sloop across the Chesapeake, when the vessel 
was captured by the British, and all on board taken prisoners to the flag ship of the 
British squadron then lying otF Tangier's islands. The passengers, among whom were 
a newly married couple, were detained about two weeks, and in compliment to the 
bridal pair had several large parties given to them on board the admiral's ship. Dr. 
Dawson and other gentlemen chartered another vessel, went with it under a flag of 
truce, and procured the release of all the party, with their efi^ects — the sloop excepted. 
The lady who was then an infant prisoner still preserves, as a memento of the occasion, 
a silver spoon presented to her by the admiral. 

The T) aw son Family. 195 

3-3. Edward Matthews Dawson, b. in Easton, Md., 
Feb. 12, 1816, d. in same place, Dec. 31, 1870, in his 55th 
year, was for over twenty years bookkeeper in the bank at 
Easton now known as the Easton National Bank. He was also 
a farmer. He m. in Easton, Dec. 13, 1838, Susan Hambleton 
Parroti, dau. of James and Susan Hambleton Parrott, and sister to 
the wife of his brother, Dr. M. M. Dawson. She was b. in 
Talbot Co., Md., Nov. 3, 1816, and res. 1873, '" Easton. 
They had ten children, all b. in Easton : 

4-4. Gustavus Parrott, b. Oct. 3, 1839, d. June 29, 1850, aged 11. 
4-5. Edward, b. Aug. 3, 1841, d. May 10, 1842. 
4-6. Edward Matthews, b. May 21, 1843, res. 1873, in Washington, 

D. C. ; m. 
4-7. Charles Scoi:t, b. July 23, 1845, res. 1873, in Easton; m. 
4-8. Alfred Hunt, b. Sept. 5, 1847, res. 1873, in Easton; m. 
5-9. Samuel Hambleton, b. Nov. 3, 1849, res. 1873, in Easton ; druggist. 
4-10. Franklin, b. Jan. 25, 1852, res. 1873, Easton ; farmer. 
4-11. Susan Parrott, b. Jan. 2, 1854, d. young. 
4-12. Thomas Hambleton, b. June 22, 1856, res. 1873, Easton. 
4-13. Gustavus Parrott, b. April 19, 1861, res. 1873, Easton. 

3-4. MoRDECAi M. Dawson, physician and druggist, b. in 
Easton, Md., 9 mo. 10, 1818, entered Westtown Friends' 
School, Chester Co., Pa., 1847, m- u mo. 3, 1846, Deborah 
Cornelia Parrott, dau. of James and Susan Hambleton Parrott, 
above named. They res. 1873, '" Easton, and have had six 
children : 

4-14. Cornelia Parrott, b. 7 mo. 24, 1847. 
4-15. Thomas H., b. 7 mo. 17, 1849, d. 3 mo. 21, 1854. 
4-16. James Parrott, b. 7 mo. 22, 1852. 
4-17. Josephine Parrott, b. 7 mo. 15, 1855. 
4-18. Henry Carter, b. 3 mo. 8, 1859, d. 1 mo. 21, 1863. 
4-19. Mary Hand, b. 11 mo. 26, 1861. 

3-5. Elizabeth Dawson, h. in Easton, Md., 6 mo. 8, 1822, 
res. 1873, '" same place. She m. 3 mo. 25, 1845, Dr. 
Edward Jenkins, son of William and Elizabeth Jenkins. 
Dr. Jenkins d. i mo. 5, 1865. They had five children: 
4-20. Edith, b. 3 mo. 25, 1849. 
4-21. Edward, b. 9 mo. 9, 1854. 
4-22. Elizabeth, b. 1 mo. 25, 1857. 
4-23. Thomas H., b. 5 mo. 9, 1859. 
4-24. Mary, b. 1 mo. 2, 186 1. 

196 The Dawson Family. 

3-6. Elias Offley Dawson, druggist, b. in Easton, Md., 
II mo. 28, 1826, entered Westtown Friends' school, 1840,01. 
2 mo. 6, 1862, Jnna Kennard Groome, dau. of William H. and 
Elizabeth Groome. They res. 1873, in Easton. Six children : 

4-25. Elizabeth Groome, b. 11 mo. 21, 1862. 

4-26. William Groome, b. 3 mo. 30, 1864. 

3-27. Edith, b. II mo. 15, 1867, d. 9 mo. 17, 1868. 

4-28. Anna Kennard, b. 7 mo. 26, 1869. 

4-29. Edith Offley, b. 9 mo. 19, 1871. 

4-30. Elias Offley, b. 2 mo. 6, 1873. 

3-7. William Powell Dawson, b. in Easton, Md., 5 mo. 
14, 1828, entered Westtown Friends' school, 1843, ni- n mo. 
25, 1856, Mary Jones Matthews, dau. of Thomas R. and Mary 
J. Matthews, of Baltimore. They res. 1873, in Baltimore. 
Mr. Dawson is of the firm of Thomas R. Matthews & Sons, 
ship and commission merchants, of that city. Two children : 
4-31. Edith M., b. 10 mo. 13, 1858. 
4-32. Thomas Matthews, b. 9 mo. 23, 1864. 

3-8. Edith Dawson, b. in Easton, Md., 12 mo. 2, 1832, 
entered Westtown Friends' school, 1847, "^' 5 '^°' '2, 1859, 
Henry Clay Carter, of Baltimore, where they res. 1873. 
Two children : 
4-33. Ruth, b. II mo. 8, 1861. 
4-34. Florence, b. 9 mo. 18, 1868. 

4-6. Edward Matthews Dawson, b. in Easton, Md., 
May 21, 1843, •"• i" Baltimore, Dec. 18, 1866, Clara Jmanda 
Cox, who was b. in Easton, Dec. 2, 1846, dau. of Hon. 
Christopher Christian Cox, M. D., LL.D.,' and wife Amanda 
Northrup, who was of New Haven, Conn. 

Mr. Dawson, a lawyer by profession, holds a responsible 
clerkship in the office of the U. S. commissioner of Pensions, 
Washington, where he resides, 1873. Three children : 
5-1. Susan Hambleton, b. Oct. 4, 1867. 
S-2. Clarence Edward, b. July 31, 1869. 
5-3. Christine Amanda, b. July 31, 1871, d. July 7, 1872. 

4-7. Charles Scott Dawson, b. in Easton, Md., July 23, 
1845, res. 1873 , in same place, bookkeeper in the Easton 

> Then lieut. governor of Maryland, since U. S. commissioner of Pensions, and 
now, 1873, president of the Board of Healtli of the District of Columbia. 

The 'Dawson Family. 197 

National Bank. He m. in Baltimore, Oct. 10, 1871, Effie 
Cook Seegar. They have one child : 
5-4. Lillian, b. in Easton, Aug. 5, 1872. 

4-8. Alfred Hunt Dawson, b. in Easton, Md., Sept. 5, 
1847, ''^^- 1^735 '" same place, dry goods merchant, of the firm 
of J. W. Cheezum & Co. He m. in Easton, Oct. 3, 1871, 
Ella North Cheezum., dau. of John W. and Sarah Emory 
Cheezum. They have one child : 
5-5. Charles Emory, b. 10 mo. 5, 1872. 


Of Cumberland and Washington Counties, Pa., before 

From Mr, Robert Daiuson, Effingham, III,, 1872, and others, the folloiuing : 

1. James Dawson, and his brother Robert,' emigrated to 
America from the north of Ireland before the Revolution. The 
future wife of James, named Catharine Morrow, and her father 
came in the same vessel with him. They were married shortly 
after landing, and settled in Carlisle, Cumberland county. Pa., 
whence they removed, after a iew years, to Washington county, 
in the same state, where they spent the remainder of their lives 
on a farm. He died at the age of about one hundred years. 
They had daughters named Catharine, Sarah, Margaret, Jane 
and Elizabeth, besides five sons, namely : 
2-1. Matthew, lived in 1853, near New Wilmington, Lawrence Co., 

Pa. ; was known as dipt. Matthew Dawson ; had 18 children. 
2-2. John, b. in Carlisle, 1769, d. in Illinois, Feb. 27, 1866, aged 97; m, 
2-3. Thomas, lived in Harrison Co., Ohio ; no family. 
2-4. James, d. in Washington Co., Pa. ; had a family. 
2-5. William,'' lived in Washington Co., Pa., on his father's farm ; 

had a family. 

2-2. John Dawson, b. in Carlisle, Pa., 1769, m. 1804, in 
Washington Co., Pa., Jane Van Emman,, dau. of Geo. Van 
Emman. They removed to Wayne Co., Ohio, April, 18 16, 
thence, about 1832, to Cuyahoga county, in the same state, 
where they resided until 1846, when they removed to Illinois. 

^ For an account of family of Robert Dawson see next record following. In 
1767, William Dawson, of Cumberland county. Pa., sold lands on the Juniata river, 
patented to him by John and Richard Penn in 1766 — 300 acres. The deed is 
recorded in Philadelphia. Was not this the father of the brothers, James and Robert, 
above named ? 

" Of Matthew, Thomas, James and William, and their sisters, above named, his 
uncles and aunts, Mr. R. D. says : " All of these I think are now dead, and I don't 
know where their families are. They were all farmers." 

'The Dawson Family. 199 

He died in Brown* Co., 111., Feb. 27, 1866,' aged 97. He 
served as a soldier in the war of 1812-14. They had twelve chn.: 
3-1. Rebecca, the eldest dau., m. in Wayne Co., O., Samuel Ferguson ; 

d. some years ago. 
3-2. Jane, d. Sept., 1845, in Mt. Sterling, 111. 
3-3. Catharine, m. Johnson Leeper ; res. 1873, at Mt. Seeding, 111. ; 

five children. 
3-4. George, m. in Wayne Co., O., Isabel Dunlavy, and res. 1872, on 

a farm near Versailles, Brown Co., III. ; two children. 
3-5. Robert, b. in Washington Co., Pa., May 15, 1806, res. 1872, 

Effingham, 111. ; m. 
3-6. Scott, d. at age of 18, unm. 
3-7. Matthew, res. 1870, in Wood Co., Ohio. 
3-8. John, res. 1870, in De Witt Co., 111., d. before Oct., 1872, leaving 

a family. 
3-9. James, res. 1870, near Hillsdale, Michigan ; has a family. 
3-10. Joseph, d. before Oct., 1872, in Brown Co., 111. ; left a family. 
3-1 I. William, res. 1870, in Michigan ; has a family. 
3-12. Thomas, b. in Wayne Co., Ohio, March 8, 1821, res. 1873, Mt. 
Sterling, 111. ; m. 

3-5. Robert Dawson, b. in Washington county. Pa., May 
15, 1806, res. 1873, '" Effinghain, 111. He removed to Ohio 
with his father in 1816, and thence to Illinois, 1839.'' He m. 
in Wayne, Co., Ohio, Oct. 16, 1828, Nancy Baker, who d. 
Jan. 25, 1853. They had seven children: 
4-1. Franklin W., b. March 17, 1830, res. 1872, Effingham, 111. ; m. 
4-2. Joseph, b. March 27, 1832, d. April, 1835. 
4-3. Louisa, b. June 4, 1835, d. in Marshall Co., 111., July 26, 1871. 

4-4. Arthur M., b. Dec. 22, 1837, res. 1872, in Effingham Co., Ilh ; 

4-5. Elbridge, b. Jan. 8, 1841, d. April 27, 1868. 
4-6 Sarah Jane, b. Dec, 1845, res. 1872, Jasper Co., 111. Hess. 
4-7. Robert, b. Jan., 1848, d June, 1849. 

3-12. Thomas Dawson, b. in Wayne Co., O., March 8, 
1821, removed from Cuyahoga Co., O., 1844, to La Grange, 

* Another account saya he d. Feb. 4, 1866 ; also locates William {3-11) in Canada, 

= " The whole family, from my grandfather down, have generally followed the 
avocation of farming. My ancestors were all, or nearly all, strict members of the old 
Presbyterian church ; but, with a few exceptions, the younger members, like myself, 
do not belong to any church. As to politics, nearly all are and have been, * Jetfer- 
sonian Jackson Democrats,' opposed to the late war. I have been in business for 
about forty years, about thirty years in the dry goods trade, and the last six years in 
the lumber business." R. D., 1870. 

200 'The Dawson Fatnily. 

111., and m. there Feb. 22, 1848, Miss L. A. Brook. She d. 
Dec. 31, 1848, aged 21. He went to California in April, 1849, 
and returned to Illinois in i85i,and was m. iVIay 17, 1851, to 
Miss E. AI. Brook., sister to his former wife. They res. 1873, 
at Mt. Sterling, 111., and have seven children : 

4-8. Estella Jane, b. June 28, 1852. 
4.-9. James B., b. June 7, 1858. 
4-10. Elizabeth B., b. Feb. 11, 1859. 
4-1 1. Ida M., b. Aug. 27, 1861. 
4-12. John B., b. June 2, 1862. 
4-13. Thomas O., b. Oct. i, 1863. 
4-14. Anna Lula, b. Feb., 1869. 

4-1. Franklin W. Dawson, lumber dealer, b. in Ohio, 
March 17, 1830, res. 1872, Effingham, 111. Two children: 
5-1. Cora, b. 1854. 
5-2. Ella, b. 1863. 

4-3. Louisa Dawsoriy b. in Ohio, June 4, 1835, d. in 

Marshall county. 111., July 26, 1871, m. Potter. Three 

children : 

5-3. Ellsworth, b. 1862. 
5-4. Lulu, b. 1865. 
5-5. Ida, b. 1868. 

4-4. Arthur M. Dawson, b. in Ohio, 1837, res. 1873, 
Effingham, 111. Three children : 
5-6. Roberts., b. 1863. 
5-7. Nellie, b. 1866. 
5-8. Franklin E., b. 1868. 

4-6. Sarah Jane Dawson, b. in Illinois, Dec, 1845, r^s. 
1872, Effingham, 111., m. Hess. Three children: 

5-9. David, b. 1864. 
5-10. Anna, b. 1867. 
5-11. Robert, b. 1870. 


Of Westmoreland and Washington Counties, Pa., about 

The folloiuitig from the Rtv. John B. Dawson, Ovid, Mich., 1873 ; 

1. Robert Dawson emigrated to America from the North 
of Ireland before the Revolution.' He d. before the birth of 
Mr. Robert Dawson, his grand nephew, named for him, born 
May 15, 1806, now of Effingham, 111. Robert and his brother 
James emigrated together. They lived in Ligonier Valley, 
Westmoreland county, removing thence to Pigeon Creek, in 
Washington county, both counties being in southwestern Penn- 
sylvania.^ Robert m. about 1775, a Miss Pinkerton, and had 
five sons and four daughters. The order of their births is not 
known. Their names were as follows : 
2-1. Thomas, lived in Guernsey Co., Ohio; m. 
2-2. Joseph, d. in Washington, Iowa, i8;o; m. 
2-3. James, settled in Ky., about 1812 ; had a large family ; sons said 

to be now in 111. ^ 1873). 
2-4. Robert, went down the Ohio and Miss, rivers from Pittsburg, 

about 1812, with a load of flour and spirits destined for New 

Orleans ; was never heard from after ; supposed to have been 

2-5. John, b. at Pigeon Creek, Pa., April 22, 1783, d. in Knox Co., 

Ohio, June 2?, 1855 ; m. 
2-6. Mary Stringer. 
2-7. Jane Shearer. 
2-8. Margaret Gailey. 
2-9. Elizabeth Welsh. 

'According to one account he came in 1773, witli tivo brothers, James and 
Thomas; James settled in Washington county. Pa., and Robert near Carlisle, in that 
state i while Thomas " went south, probably to Va. or Georgia." As to the date, 
see preceding record. James had a son born in Carlisle in 1769. As to Thomas 
query ? The same account that says there was a brother Thomas, gives Robert only 
tour sons, not naming Thomas. 

- See preceding record for an account of the family of James Dawson, brother of 
Robert Dawson, the emigrant above named. 

202 The Dawson Fatnily. 

2-1. Thomas Dawson, farmer, b. in Pa., m. , and 

removed to Cumberland, Guernsey Co., Ohio, where he d. in 
1852. He had seven children : 

3-1. Jane. 
3-2. Nancy. 
3-3. Elizabeth. 
3-4. Ann. 
3-5. Mary. 
3-6. John. 
3-7. Robert. 

2-2. Joseph Dawson, b. in Pennsylvania, m. 1801, Barbara 
Galley ^ They lived in Pa. until 1816, when they removed to 
Richland county, Ohio. He lived in Ohio until 1848, then 
moved to Iowa, and d. at Washington, in that state, in 1850. 
They had nine children : 

3-8. Sarah, res. 1873, near Mansfield, O. Finney. 
3-9. Jane, res. Washington county, Iowa. Fulton. 
3-10. Robert, b. in Mercer Co., Pa., Nov. 14, 1806, d. in Washington, 

Iowa, Aug. 10, 1871 ; m. 
3— II. James, res. Washington county, Iowa; m. 
3-12. Mary, res. Iowa. Nelson. 
3-13. Joseph, b. in Mercer Co., Pa., July 30, 1813, d. in Washington 

Co., Iowa, July 8, 1854; m. 
3—14. John, res. Iowa; m. 
3-15. Matthew, d. in Iowa, 1846 ; m. 
3-16. Alexander, res. Iowa ; m. 

2-5. John Dawson, b. at Pigeon Creek, Washington Co., 
Pa., April 22, 1783, m. May 11, 1802, "Jane Welsh^ b. July 
31, 1781, d. Aug. 2, 1843, ^g^^ ^2- f^^ W2S a physician ; re- 
sided in his native county until 1836, when he removed to Dan- 
ville, Knox Co., O., where he d. June 25, 1855, aged 72. 
He had five sons and four daughters, all b. in Washington Co., 
Pennsylvania : 

3-17. Robert, b. March 11, 1803, d. in Martinsburg, Knox Co., O., 

July 17. 1865 ; m. 
3-18. George W., b. .April 26, 1805, m. Margaret BatIiff,]\Ay 1, 1831, 

and d. childless, in New Orleans, of cholera, Jan. 20, 1849. 
3-19. Louisa, b. Aug. 26, 1807, res. 1872, near .Millwood, O ; unm. 
3-20. Eleanor, b. Nov. 11, 181 1, res. near Danville, O. McFarland. 

' The account of descendants of Joseph Dawson, from a letter of his gr. son, 
Gen. A. R. Z. Dawson, of Washington, Iowa, lo the Rev. John B. Dawson, of 
Ovid, Mich. (1873). 

The Dawson Family. 203 

3-21. Mary Jane, b, June 23, 1814, res. near Millwood, O. 

3-22. John Pinkerton, b. Aug. 22, 1817, d. in Knox Co., O., July 1, 

185;; m. 
3-23. James, b. Dec. 24, 1819, d. in Columbus, O., Feb. 17, 1852 ; m. 
3-24. Joseph, b. Dec. 14, 1821, res. in Knox Co., O. ; m. 
3-25. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 22, 1824, res. 1872, at Osage Mission, Kansas. 


3-8. Sarah Dawson, m. 1836, James Finney, of Richland 
county, Ohio, and res. 1873, "^^'' Mansfield, in that state. Three 
children : 
4-1. Joseph C. 
4-2. Jane. 
4-3. Elizabeth. 

3-9. Jane Dawson, m. 1838, James Fulton, of Ashland 
county, Ohio, and removed to Washington county, Iowa, in 
1842, where she now resides. One son : 
4-4. Joseph. 

3-10. Robert Dawson, b. in Mercer county, Pa., Nov. 
14, 1806, m. in Washington county, Pa., Dec. 3, 1830, Sarah 
Rea, who was b. in Lancaster county. Pa., Aug. 12, 1805, dau. 
of Andrew and Elizabeth Rea. They removed to Ohio, where 
they lived until 1857, then moved to Washington, Iowa, where 
he d. Aug. ID, 1871. Six chn., all b. in Ashland county, Ohio : 
4-5. Elizabeth B., b. Jan. 15, 1832, res. 1873, Washington. Iowa. 

4-6. Joseph H. C, b. Aug. 3, 1833, was a member of Company H., 

Second Regt. Iowa Inf. Vols., and d. at Cairo, 111., Sept. 28, 

i86i ; unm. 
4-7. Andrew R. Z., b. May 10, 183;, res. 1873,31 Washington, Iowa ; 

unm J 
4-8. Luther G., b. April 15, 1837, res. 1873, in Washington, D. C. ; m. 
4-9. John P., b. March 5, 1839, res. 1873, St. Louis, Mo. ; m. 
4-10. Mary A., b. Feb. 20, 1841, res. 1873, Washington, Iowa. 

3-11. James Dawson m. ist., 1830, Elizabeth Shannon, of 
Pa. They moved to Iowa, 1839, where she d. They had 
five children : 

■ A. R. Z. Dawson enlisted at Mansfield, Ohio. April 17, 1861, .as a private in 
the 15th Ohio Vol. Infantry, and was promoted through all grades to brigadier 
general. He participated in every battle fought by General Thomas in the army of 
the Cumberland, was twice wounded, and twice brevetted for gallant services. He 
was mustered out of service, Jan. 20, 1866. 

204 '^^^^ Dawson Family. 

4-11. Sarah J., d. about 1861. Anderson. 
4-12. Josiah B., d. I 863 ; m. 
4-13. Mary, d. 1854, w. of James Anderson. 
4-14. Martha S., res. 1873, Washington, Iowa. 
4-15. George S., d. in New Mexico, 1863. 

Mr. Dawson m. 2d., 1853, Jatmett French, oi Iowa. They 
had three children : 

4-16. Helen F., res. 1873, Washington, Iowa. 
4-17. Marietta F., res. 1873, Washington, Iowa. 
4-18. William, d. May 5, 1872. 

Mr. Dawson m. 3d., i860, Mrs. Nancy Clark, of Ohio. 
Three children, all res. 1873, in Washington, Iowa : 
4-19. Harlan H. 
4-20. Robert L. 
4-21. Llewellyn John. 

3-12. Mary Dawson m. 1830, Matthew Nelson, of 
Ashland county, Ohio. They removed to Iowa, 1841. Six 
sons : 

4-22. Calvin, res. 1873, Nebraska. 
4-23. Joseph, res. Washington, Iowa. 
4-24. William, res. Washington, Iowa. 
4-25. Alexander, res. Washington, Iowa. 
4-26. Hugh, res. Washington, Iowa. 
4-27. Robert, killed in U. S. army, 1864. 

3-13. Joseph Dawson, b. in Mercer county. Pa., July 30, 
1813, d. in Washington, Iowa, July 8, 1854, m. in Ashland 
county, Ohio, May 2, 1843, Ann Nelson, who wash, in Wayne 
county, Ohio, May 9, 1824, dau. of William and Elizabeth 
Nelson. They removed to Washington, Iowa, 1844, where 
she res. 1873. Three children, all b. in Washington, Iowa: 
4-28. James, b. March 28, 1848, d. May 29, 1873. 
4-29. William, b. Feb. 11, 1850, res. 1873, Burlington, Iowa. 
4-30. Joseph, b. Aug. 22, 1854, res. 1873, Washington, Iowa. 

3-14. John Dawson, m. ist., 1838, Jane Marshall, of 
Ohio, and removed to Iowa, 1842. They had five children : 
4-31. William, killed in U. S. army, 1863. 
4-32. Samuel, m. and res. 1873, at San Diego, Cal. 
4-33. James, d. 1858. 
4-34. George, m. and res. in Iowa. 
4-35. Sarah Jennett, m. and res. in Kansas. 

Mr. Dawson m. 2d., Miss McColough, of Iowa. Eight 
children, names not communicated. 

The 'Dawson Family. 205 

3-15. Matthew Dawson, m. 1842, Annie Jda!r,o{'New 
York: removed to Iowa, 1844, d. 1846. Two children : 
4-36. Alexander, res. 1873, Kansas. 
4-37. Matilda, m. Alexander Stevens, res. Washington, Iowa. 

3-16. Alexander Dawson moved to Iowa, 1842, and m. 
1844, Martha Anderson. She d. 1844, leaving one son : 
4-38. Joseph Alexander, m. apd res. 1873, Washington, Iowa. 

3-17. Robert Dawson, b. in Washington Co., Pa., March 
II, 1803, m. Phebe Ross, Oct. 26, 1826, and femained in his 
native county until 1846, when he removed to Martinsburg, 
Knox Co., Ohio, where he settled on a farm, which he occupied 
until his death, July 17, 1865. He had seven children, all b. 
in Mt. Pleasant, Washington Co., Pa. : 

4-39. John B., b. July 27, 1827, res. 1873, Ovid, Mich. ; m. 

4-40. Mary Ann, b. Jan. 12, 1830, res. 1873, with her mother in 

Martinsburg, O. ; unm. 
4-41. James Ross, b. Oct. 16, 1831, d. in Illinois, i868 ; m. 
4-42. Robert Welsh, b. May 28, 1834, d. in Knox Co., O., Aug. 22, 

4-43. Emma Jane, b. Sept. 6, 1839, res, 1873, Mt. Vernon, O. Ralston. 
4-44. Hannah Louisa, b. Aug. 28, 1843, res. 1 873, Cadiz, Harrison 

Co., O. Edgell. 
4-45. Joseph Mitchell, b. Mav 19, 1845, d. in Knox Co., O., Sept. 17, 


3-20. Eleanor Dawson, b. in Washington Co., Pa., Nov. 
II, 1811, m. George McFarland, tailor. After remaining 
a short time at Hickory, in that county, they removed near Dan- 
ville, Knox Co., O., and have had three children : 
4-46, John. 
4-47. Jane. 
4-48. Nancy Ann. 

3-21. Mary Jane Dawson, h. in Washington Co., Pa., June 
23, 1814, m. March 27, 1838, Lewis Critchfield, farmer, 
b. in Howard township, Knox Co., O., Aug. 11, 1812, son of 
Joseph and Ellen Critchfield. They settled near Millwood, 
Knox Co., O., and have had six children : 
4-49. Joseph, b. about 1839. 
4-50 George W., d. in infancy, 1840. 

4-51. John Dawson, b. about 1842; an attorney at law, res. 1873, Mt. 
Vernon, Ohio. 

2o6 The Dawson Family. 

4-52 [Critchfield.] Eleanor, b. about 1844. 
4-53. Jane, d. in infancy, 1846. 
4-54. IWary Jane, b. about 1847. 

3-22. John Pinkerton Dawson, b. in Washington Co., 
Pa., Aug. 22, 1817, m. in Knox Co., O., April i, 1847, 
Rachel McFarland^ and settled near Danville, Knox Co., where 
he d. July i, 1855. She was b. in Washington Co., Pa., June 
16, 1823, dau. of Neil and Nancy IVfcFarland. They had two 
children, both b. in Howard township, Knox Co., O., and res. 
in same township, 1873 : 
4-55. James Lycurgus, b. Nov. 1, 1849 ; farmer. 
4-96. Louisa Ann, b. Dec. 18, 1853. 

, 3-23. James Dawson, b. in Washington Co., Pa., Dec. 
24, 1819, d. in Columbus, O., Feb. 17, 1852. He m. 
Margaret Walker^ and had : 
4-57. Ruth, b. Oct. 17, i860. 

3-24. Joseph Dawson, b. in Washington Co., Pa., Dec. 
14, 1821, removed to near Danville, Knox Co., O., and m. 
Mary Osborn, June I, 1843. They res. 1872, on a farm at 
Mt. Vernon, Knox Co. He is foreman of the Mt. Vernon and 
Delaware R. R. machine shops at that place. Six children, 
all b. in Knox Co. : 
4-58. George W., b. Oct. lo, 1844 ; m. 

4-59. Clara Jane, b. Sept. 16, 1847, m. Albert T. Martin, car- 
penter ; res. 1872, Mt. Vernon, O. 
4-60. Lewis James, b. Aug. 14, 1849, d. 1851. 
4-61. Ella Louisa, b. Dec. 7, 1852 ; unm. 
4-62. John Louis, b. May 14, 1857, d. July 20, 1863. 
4-63. Frank Chase, b. July 15, 1864. 

3-25. Elizabeth Dawson, b. in Washington Co., Pa., Sept. 
22, 1824, m. Chester P. Tracy, April 9, 1846, ahd settled 
near Gambier, Knox Co., O. They removed to Iowa, and 
thence to Osage Mission, Neosha county, Kansas, where she 
now resides. They had six children : 
4-64. Marvin. 
4-65. Benton. 
4-66. John Dawson. 
4-67. Paulina. 
4-68. Carr H. 
4-69. Charles. 

The Daivson Fa?mly. 207 

4-5. Elizabeth B. Dawson, b. in Ashland county, Ohio, Jan. 
15, 1832, m. 1865, Rev. John Gibson, of Vermont. They 
res. 1873, in Washington, Iowa. One child : 
5-1. Sarabdl. 

4-8. Luther G. Dawson, b. in Ashland county, Ohio, 
April 15, 1837, m. in Washington, Iowa, May 7, 1867, Helen 
M. Chipman, who was b. in Union county, Ohio, July 3, 
1839, dau. of Norman and Sarah Par ,f^r Chipman. They res. 
1873, '" Washington, D. C. He is clerk of the Police court 
of that city. One child : 
5-2. Belle Chipman, b. in Mankato, Minn., Feb. 23, 1868. 

4-9. John P. Dawson, b. in Ashland county, Ohio, March 
5, 1839, m. 1865, Belle S. Stafford, of Alabama. They res. 1873, 
in St. Louis, Mo. Two children : 
5-3. Rowland S. 
5-4. Alice Belle. 

4-10. Mary A. Dawson, b. in Ashland county, Ohio, Feb. 
20, 1841, m. in Washington, Iowa, Oct. 11, i860, Hon. 
Granville G. Bennett, who was b. in Butler county, Ohio, 
Oct. 9, 1833, son of Peter and Mary Pinkerton Bennett. Two 
children : 

5-5. Estelline Rea, b. in Washington, Iowa, Jan. 9, 1868. 
5-6. Helen Marie, b. in Washington, Iowa, Sept. 17, 1872. 

4-11. Sarah J. Dawson, m. George Anderson. She d. 
about 1861, leaving one child : 
5-7. Clara. 

4-12. JosiAH B. Dawson m. Rosa Hamil. He d. 1863, 
leaving one child : 
5-8. Annie Belle. 

4-39. John B. Dawson, b. in Mt. Pleasant township, 
Washington Co., Pa., July 27, 1827, received a liberal education, 
and studied Theology under the instruction of Rev. George 
Gordon, of Iberia College, Ohio. He was licensed to preach 
the Gospel in the Free Presbyterian church, in the Central 
Presbytery of Ohio, May 5, i860, and ordained Oct. 19, in 
that year. He first preached at West Alexander, Washington 

2o8 The Dawson Family. 

Co., Pa., and moved thence to Martinsburg, Knox Co., O., 
where he resided five years, during which time he was chiefly 
engaged in teaching. He removed, in 1868, to Hartford, in 
Licking Co., O., where he had charge of the Union schools for 
three years, preaching also for a church at Olive Green, in the 
adjoining county of Delaware, during the years 1868 and 1869, 
for which church he preached also in 1872. In 1871, he 
preached for the churches at Hartford and Lock, Ohio. He 
was originally a member of the old school Presbyterian church, 
with which he united in 1847, but in consequence of the posi- 
tion of that church on the slavery question, he transferred his 
membership in 1853 '° '^^ Yxzz Presbyterian church. In 1869 
he united with the Congregational conference of central Ohio, 
and in the same year became a member of the Ohio state con- 
ference. He removed to Ovid, Clinton county, Mich., in 
May, 1863, having accepted a call from the First Congrega- 
tional church of that place. He m. ist., June 30, 1857, Mary 
E. Hervey, dau. of Rev. Henry Hervey, D.D., of Martinsburg, 
Ohio. She d. Aug. 29, 1858. He m. 2d., Aug. 28, 1861, in 
West Alexander, Washington Co., Pa., Mary Elizabeth Suther- 
land, who d. Oct. 28, 1870. They had four children : 
5-9. John Lewis, b. in West Alexander, Pa., June 27, i86z. 
5-10. Robert Lorian, b. in Martinsburg, O-, Feb. 12, 1864. 
5-11. William Chester, b. in Martinsburg, O., Oct. 11, 1866. 
5-12. Mary Blanche, b. in Hartford, Licking Co., O., Aug. 8, 1870. 

Mr. Dawson m. 3d., Aug. 24, 1871, Mattie Louisa Moores. 
They res. 1873, ^' Ovid, Mich. It is to his kindness that the 
compiler hereof is indebted for the foregoing records. 

4-41. James Ross Dawson, b. in Mt. Pleasant township, 
Washington county. Pa., Oct. 16, 1831, m. Flora Pearson, i860, 
and settled in Illinois. Both d. 1868. One child : 
5-13. Lewis. 

4-43. Emma Jane Dawson, b. in Mt. Pleasant township, 
Washington county. Pa., Sept. 6, 1839, m. in Martinsburg, 
Ohio, Oct. 3, 1867, Ephraim P. Ralston, miller, b. in 
Wayne township, Jefferson county, O., Dec. 21, 1840. They 
res. 1873, ^t Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Two children : 
5-14. Chester Fairman, b. in Fairview, Harrison Co., O., May 21, 1870. 
S-li;. Mary Estclla, b. at Lock 17, Tuscarawas Co., O., Oct. 20, 187 1. 

The Dawson Family. 209 

4-44. Hannah Louisa Dawson, b. in Mt. Pleasant township, 
Washington county, Pa., Aug. 28, 1843, m. in Martinsburg, 
Knox county, Ohio, Dec 18, 1867, Rev. Benj. E. Edgell, 
a minister of the Methodist church, b. in Newport, Wash- 
ington county, O., Nov. 8, 1839. They resided at Cadiz, 
Harrison county, Ohio, until October, 1873, in which month, 
having been appointed missionaries of the M. E. church to 
China, they sailed from San Francisco, to reside at Pekin or 
Fou Chou. 

4-58. George W. Dawson, b. in Knox county, Ohio, 
Oct. ID, 1844, m. March 8, 1866, Ellie R. Baker. He is pro- 
prietor of the " Low Mills" at Howard, Knox Co., O., where 
they res. 1873. One child : 
5-16. Linna Evaline. 


Of Westmoreland Co., Pa., 1809-1844. 

From Utters of Robert M. and James B. Daivsan, Mendota, III., 1871, and others, the 
folloiuing : 

1. William Dawson, b. abt. 1776, was a native of Dromore, 
county Down, Ireland,' where he m. 1801, Jane McBride, b. 
1779. They emigrated to America, in 1802, and after brief 
periods of residence in Philadelphia, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., 
removed, in 1809, to Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, 
where they spent the remainder of their lives. They were 
farmers, and d. at their homestead, he in 1844, aged 68 years, 
and she in 1842, aged 63. He had been a soldier in the Black 
Hawk war. They had seven children : 
2-1. Elizabeth, b. in Dromore, Ireland, 1802, d. in New Castle, Pa., 

Feb., 1854. Campbell. 
2-2. Williain, b. in Wilmington, Del., Nov., 1805, res. 1873, Shadyside, 

Pittsburg, Pa. ; m. 
2-3. Robert Madison, b. in Wilmington, Del., Nov. 21, 1807, res. 

1 87 1, Mendota, III. ; m. 
2-4. John, b. in Westmoreland Co., Pa., 1809, res. 1 871, Culmerville, 

Alleghany, Co., Pa. ; m. 
2-5. Margaret, b. in Westmoreland Co., 181 1, res. 1871, Kingston, 

Linn Co., Iowa. Thompson. 
2-6. Jane, b. in Westmoreland Co., 1813, res. 1871, Culmerville, Pa. 

2-7. Mary, b. in Westmoreland Co., 18 15, d. 1826. 

2-1. Elizabeth Dawson,, b. in Dromore, Ireland, 1802, m. 
Thomas Campbell, of Westmoreland county. Pa., and re- 
moved shortly after to New Castle, Lawrence county, in that 
state, where she d. Feb., 1854, and he d. before 1871. They 
had seven children, all residing 1871, at New Castle, as follows : 
3-1. John. 
3-2. William. 
3-3. James. 

(') His father, named John Dawson, is said to have been b. in England, and to 
have returned there to live after a residence of many years in Ireland. Two other 
Bons, named John and Ralph, are said to have emigrated to America. They came 
before William, but it is not known where they settled. 

The Dawson Family. 2 1 1 

3-4. [Campbell.] Robert. 
3-5. David J. 
3-6. Sarah Jane. 
3-7. Mary Ann. 

2-2. William Dawson, formerly steamboat-captain, b. in 
Wilmington, Del., Nov., 1805, m. Aug., 1832, Susannah Scott, 
who was b. in Pittsburg, Pa., April, 18 10, dau. of George 
and Elizabeth Scott. They res. 1873, at Shadyside, Pittsburg, 
and have had six children : 
3-8. Mary Elizabeth. 
3-9. Harriet Jane. 
3-10. William Albert. 
3-1 1. Edwin Alexander. 
3-12. Caroline. 
3-13. Annie Lee. 

2-3. Robert Madison Dawson, b. in Wilmington, Del., 
Nov. 21, 1807, m. May 14, 1833, in Pittsburg, Pa., Catharine 
Brawn^ who was b. in Sherman Valley, Perry Co., Pa., Aug. 
20, 181 1. He learned the trade of a tinsmith in Pittsburg, 
and carried on the business in that city until 1844, when he was 
burned out, and removed to Bridgewater, Beaver Co., Pa., 
where he remained in business until 1855, in which year he re- 
moved to Mendota, 111., where he resides (187 1). They have 
had eight children : 
3-14. James Brown, b. in Pittsburg, April ii, 1834, hardware merchant, 

res. 1871, Mendota, III. ; unm. 
3-15. William J., b. in Alleghany city. Pa., April 7, 1836, res. 1873, 

Brookfield, Mo. ; m. 
3-16. Charles R., b. in Pittsburg, March 30, 1838, d. March 8, 1839. 
3-17. Mary Jane, b. in Pittsburg, March z8, 1 840, res. 1871, Men- 
dota, 111. Cook. 
3-18. Anna Elizabeth, b. in Pittsburg, July 5, 

Alleghany city, Pa.' Taylor. 
3-19. Henderson Madison, b. in Bridgewater, Oct. 

23, 1847. 
3-20. Robert Madison, b. in Bridgewater, Oct. 23, 

3-21. Catharine Elizabeth, b. in Bridgewater, Aug. 26, 1852, res. 1871, 

Mendota, 111. 

2-4. John Dawson, farmer, b. in Westmoreland Co., Pa., 

1809, m. , res. 1871, at Culmerville, Alleghany Co., Pa. 

Eight children, names not communicated. 

■ Dau of Rev. James Brown, a descendant of Rev. John Brown, of Haddington, 

1842, r( 

;s. 1871, 

3, >844. 

d. Nov. 

1846. d. 

Nov. 24, 

212 The Dawson Family. 

2-5. Margaret Dawson^ b. in Westmoreland Co., Pa., i8i i, 
m. Johnston Thompson, res. 1871, Kingston, Linn Co., 
Iowa. Six children : 
3-22. William D. 
3-23. Robert John. 
3-24. James. 
3-25. Alfred. 
3-26. Jane. 
3-27. Sarah Ann. 

2-6. 'Jane Dawson, b. in Westmoreland Co., Pa., 1813, m. 
Ralph Dawson, farmer. They res. 1871, at Culmerville, 
Alleghany Co., Pa., and have one son : 
3-28. William. 

3-15. William J. Dawson, b. in Alleghany city. Pa., 
April 7, 1836, blacksmith and wagon maker, m. in Brooklyn, 
Lee Co., 111., 1858, Ellen Hyde, who was b. in Lexington, 
Ohio, 1838, dau. of Benjamin and Mary Hyde. At the 
beginning of the civil war he was engaged in farming near 
Mendota, III. He enlisted March, 1864, in the 15th 111. Inf. 
Vols., and followed the fortunes of that regiment at Beaufort, 
Goldsborough, Raleigh, Richmond and Washington, and thence 
went westward with it nearly across the continent. He was 
mustered out of service at Springfield, 111., in Nov., 1865. 
They res. 1873, at Brookfield, Linn Co., Mo. Five children : 
4-1. Ida Fidelia, b. in Brooklyn, Lee Co., 111., Feb. 16, i860. 
4-2. Lelia Ada, b. in Brooklyn, Lee Co., 111., Oct. 19, 1861. 
4-3. Mary Ellen, b. in Dixon, Lee Co., 111., March 16, 1863. 
4-4. James Brown, b. in Brooklyn, Lee Co., 111., Jan. 31, 1864. 
4-5. Kilty Bell, b. in Brookfield, Mo., June 27, 1872. 

3-17. Mary Jane Dawson, b. in Pittsburg, Pa., March 
28, 1840, m. William F. Cook, of Mendota, 111. They res. 
1 87 1, in Mendota. Two children : 
4-6. Mary L., b. July 6, 1861. 
4-7. Katie D., b. Oct. 21, 1863. 

3-18. Anna Elizabeth Dawson, b. in Pittsburg, Pa., July 
5, 1842, m. at Mendota, 111., Sept. 4, 1867, James I. Tailor. 
They res. 1871, at Alleghany city. Pa., and have two children, 
both b. in that city : 
4-8 Catharine B., b. Aug. i, 1868. 
4-9. Anna Mary, b. July 3, 1870. 


The records which follow, relating to the Dawsons of Mary- 
land and their descendants, have been compiled principally 
from the letters of several correspondents who have kindly 
communicated such information as they possessed. 

The accounts given by these correspondents of the supposed 
original families, while affording evidence of the common orig- 
inal of large numbers of the name now widely scattered, differ 
very materially in many particulars, and are not, without more 
investigation, capable of being wholly reconciled. An almost 
entire reliance upon tradition for a knowledge of their early 
ancestry in this country has led many into error in regard to 
their family history. A careful examination of the records of 
Maryland deeds and wills — especially in the counties of Talbot, 
Caroline, Queen Anne, Prince George, Alleghany and Mont- 
gomery — would doubtless be fruitful of most valuable informa- 
tion for the genealogist, and supply many links now wanting in 
the chain of family historv herewith imperfectly presented. It 
is to be hoped that some competent hand will ere long attempt 
the task. 

The question, Who was the first of the name in Maryland? 
has not been satisfactorily determined. It appears to be pretty 
certainly established that there were two families of Dawsons 
in the then province of Maryland at a very early date — one on 
the east shore of the Chesapeake, in Talbot county — and one 
on the western side, probably in Prince George county — both 
probably some time before 1 700. 

John Dawson, of Talbot county, is said by one of his de- 
scendants (probably on the authority of tradition, which is 
always open to question, but entitled to consideration until dis- 
proved by better evidence) to have emigrated from England to 
America about the year 1685. He made a will in 1 7 10, 
being then " very sick and weak in body," wherein he refers to 
his wife, their family of five minor children, to his brothers 

214 '^^^^ DawsoJi Family. 

James, Richard and Robert, their sister Rachel, and his " loving 
father, Ralph Dawson, deceased." It would seem almost 
certain that his father died in this country. If his family were 
nearly related to the one which settled on the opposite side of 
the Chesapeake, the relationship does not as yet appear. 

According to the best information as yet obtained the founder 
of the Prince George county family of Dawsons was also named 
John Dawson. He doubtless came from England, but whether 
from Whitehaven, in Cumberland county (as one says is the 
traditional story), or from Yorkshire (as says another), is not 
known. He is reputed to have come with two brothers, named 
(as one believes, but it is not certain), Nicholas and William, 
who are said to have gone South — "to Georgia and the Caro- 
linas " — while John, the eldest, remained in Maryland. The 
two brothers who " went South " are supposed by some to be 
the ancestors of the Dawsons in that part of the country ; but 
those of the name there, best informed in matters of family 
history, trace their descent from other originals. Another ac- 
count names Nicholas and John only as the original emigrants, 
bringing them into Maryland by way of Philadelphia, supposes 
them companions of Penn, and retains Nicholas in Maryland, 
while John is sent South ; his descendants being supposed to be 
" now in nearly all the Southern States." By another account, 
another John, of another group of brothers, is the ancestor of 
the southern branch of the family, especially of the Georgia 
Dawsons, prominent among whom was the late Hon. William 
C. Dawson, United States senator from that state. But this 
account also is incorrect," and it is indeed highly improbable 
that there was in this country of the generation of the original 
settler — John Dawson, ancestor of the Montgomery county 
families — any other than himself. 

■ Equally erroneous is another account which supposes the late senator was descended 
from William Dawson (said to have emigrated to Georgia) son of William, son of 
John, son of Ralph Dawson of Talbot county. (This account states that William 
m. Sarah Rmicll; also that their son William m. a Miss Carridiane, of Queen Anne 
Co., and emigrated to Georgia, and supposes him the senator's ancettorj. 


Of Talbot Co., Md. (deceased before 31 July, 17 10). 

The records of this family an gathtrid from the l-wo ivilh below printed, and from letters 
of Dr. Jama Dawson, of St. Michaels, Talbot Co., Philip T. Dawson, Esq., of Bal- 
timore, Md., and others. 

I. Copy of the will of John Dawson., of Talbot Co., 17 10. 

" In the Name of God, Amen. I, John Dawson, of Talbot 
county, in the Province of Maryland, Gentleman, being very 
sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory, thanks 
be to God therefor, calling unto mind the mortality of the body, 
and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to dye, do 
make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, that is to 
say, principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul 
into the hands of God who gave it, and for my body I recom- 
mend it to the earth, to be buried in a Christianlike and decent 
manner, at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting 
but at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again 
by the mighty power of God, and touching such worldly estate 
wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life, I give, 
devise and dispose the same in the following manner and form : 

" Imprimis : I give and bequeath to my son John and to the 
heirs of his body lawfully begotten the upward or eastward moiety 
of all the Lands I am now possessed with lying on St. Michaels 
River, and I will and bequeath to my loving wife Mary Dawson 
the other moiety of the said Land [with the use of the house 
to'] dwell in during her life, and my will is y'. my said wife shall 
keep the dwelling house in good order and repair and give such 
security for so doing as Mr. Matthew Tilghman Ward and 
Robert Ungle shall think fitt, within twelve months after the 
date hereof.'^ And after the decease of my said wife my will is 

■ Indistinct in Ms. from which this is copied, the same being a verified copy of 

' The date of the probating of this instrument is not known. It was evidently 
made in the expectation that the testator would not long survive. 

21 6 The Dawson Family. 

that all the above mentioned Lands and Tenements given to her 
during her natural life shall go to my said son John and to the 
heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever." 

[Clause providing that in case John should die without issue 
the lands and tenements above specified should go to the testa- 
tor's son William, and in default of issue to him then to the 
testator's son Ralph, and in case he should die without issue then 
to the testator's daughter Susannah, and she dying without issue 
then to his daughter Elizabeth, &c. — nothing however to prej- 
udice the testator's wife in the possession of her moiety during 

" Item. If it should so happen that when my son John 
arrives arrives at the age of twenty-one years he should marry 
or that my wife and he should not agree," then my desire is that 
my said wife shall cause to be built finisht for my said son (on 
his moiety of the above said lands) one dwelling house with two 
rooms on a floor, which shall be such a house as Mr. Matthew 
Tilghman Ward and Robert Ungle (who if then living I desire 
to take the trouble on them) shall appoint. 

" Item. I give and bequeath to my son William all the Land 
due to me in Gallaway Neck, part of Gallaway, part of Batche- 
lour's Range, part of Batchelour's Range addition and Halton's 
Hope, to him the said William and the heirs of his body law- 
fully begotten," [and in case of death without issue the land to 
go to Ralph, Susannah, Elizabeth and John, and next heirs, 

" I give to my son Ralph Dawson all the Land on the other 
side Gallaway where Charles Sinclair now dwells, to him and 
heirs forever ; but if it should happen that my son Ralph should 
die before he arrives at twenty-one years of age, then my will 
is that the aforesaid Land shall go to my daughters Susannah and 
Elizabeth and their heirs, to be equally divided betwixt them 
when they come of age, or at the day of their marriage, and if 
either of them die without heirs, then to the survivor and her 
heirs forever. 

" Item. I give to my loving brother, James Dawson, all the 
right, title interest and claim which I have or ought to have of 

' %cre ; Was she " second wife " — step-mother to the eldest son ? 

The Dawson Fa?nily. 217 

in or to a certain tract of land lying on St. Michaels Creek, 
called by the name of Frith Land, to him and his heirs forever. 

" Item. I give to my son John and my daughter Susannah 
one negro man named Tom, one negro woman called Judith, 
two negro children called Mingo and Grace, and all the increase 
of the said negroes, to be equally divided betwixt my said son 
and daughter when they come at due age, and if my said daughter 
should be disposed of in marriage before my said son is at age, 
then a division may be made for her part, and the residue with 
their increase kept in hands of my executors till my said son 
arrives at age (provided nevertheless that the first child which 
shall be born of the above named negro Judith I do hereby give 
and bequeath to my son Ralph, notwithstanding my general 
bequest of the whole increase of the said negroes) and further 
my will and order is, that if my son John should die before he 
arrives at the age of twenty-one years or my said daughter 
Susannah before she arrives at due age or marries, then only the 
four first named negroes shall go to the survivor, and all the 
increase except the negro given to Ralph (if any such there be) 
shall be equally divided amongst all my children, the said Ralph 
coming in for an equal share over and above the said negro (if 
any such there be). 

" Item. I give to my son William and my daughter Elizabeth 
two negro children called Peter and Ann, with all their increase, 
to be equally divided betwixt them when my said son shall arrive 
at the age of twenty-one years, or when my said daughter shall 
be disposed of in marriage, but if my said son William should 
die before he arrives at the said age, or my said daughter Eliza- 
beth before she arrives at due age or is married, then my 
will is that the said negroes and their increase shall go to the 
survivor and his or her heirs forever. 

" Item. All the rest of my estate whether real or personal or 
of what nature soever, I do hereby give and bequeath to my 
loving wife Mary Dawson, under such restrictions and limitations 
as is hereafter mentioned. First, I order that my said wife pay 
to each of my children before named, when the boys arrive at 
twenty-one years of age and the girls at due age or be married 
(which shall first happen), forty pounds in current money of this 
province or in such commodities as this country affords, and I 

21 8 The Dawson Family. 

do further order my said wife to give to my son John and 
daughter Susannah each a bed and furniture of about six pounds 
price. Secondly, I do further order my said wife and my other 
executors hereafter named to pay to my two brothers Richard 
and Robert Dawson five thousand five hundred pounds of 
tobacco, in such manner as to my said executors shall seem 
meet, provided the said payment be made within twelve months 
after the date of this my last will and testament, the said tobacco 
being to be equally divided betwixt my said two brothers, as 
was desired by my loving father Ralph Dawson deceased. 

"Item. And whereas the Land called Batchelour's Range 
addition is supposed to be foul of some elder surveys, whenever 
the bounds of the said land shall be ascertained, so that the said 
tract of land shall have its due meets and bounds, according to 
Patent, then I do hereby empower and authorize my executors 
hereafter named to make over and convey to Rachel the daughter 
of my father Ralph and her heirs or assigns, about one hundred 
acres of th,e said tract of land, so to be laid out as may least 
prejudice the land given to my children William and Ralph. 

" Item. I do moreover desire and request my executors here- 
after named that if any difBculty should arise in the executing 
any part of this my last Will and Testament, that they will 
apply themselves to my loving friends Mr. Mathew Tilghman 
Ward and Robert Ungle, who I doubt not will aid assist and 
advise them to the best advantage of my loving wife and children, 
and I do hereby request my said two friends to give all the help 
and assistance to my said executors that they are capable of. 

" Lastly. I do hereby appoint my loving wife Mary Dawson 
and my loving brother James Dawson, to be my executors of 
this my last Will and Testament, and I do hereby utterly dis- 
allow, revoke and make null and void all and every other former 
Testament, Will, Legacy or Codicil whatever by me made 
willed or bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other 
to be my last Will and Testament. 

" In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and 
affixed my seal the Thirty-first day of July in the ninth [year of 
the reign of our Sovereign Lady Anne, by the Grace] of God 
of Great Britain France [and Ireland] Queen, Defender of the 
Faith, Anno Domini, 1710. 

(signed) John Dawson. [l.s.] 

The Da%vso?i Family. 219 

" Signed, sealed, delivered, published, pronounced and declared 
per John Dawson to be his last Will and Testament in presence 
of us : 

(signed) Samuel Wade, 
Abigail Wise, 
Jairus Wright." 

II. Copy of the will of Willi am Dawson, of ^een Anne's Co., 
Md., 1759. 

" In the Name of God, Amen. I, William Dawson, of 
Queen Anne's county. Planter, doth give dispose of and in the 
following manner and form. 

" Imprimis. I give and bequeath to my son William Dawson 
all the land called Huptington that I hold, and seventy-eight 
J acres of the Neglect and to the heirs of his body lawfully 
begotten forever. 

" Item. I give and bequeath to my son John Dawson all the 
Land called Sprigley's Fortune and to the heirs of his body 
lawfully begotten forever. 

" Item. I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Dawson two 
hundred acres of land where William Ostin now dwells, one 
hundred out of Batchellor's Range and the other hundred out 
of Batchellor's Range addition,' to him and the heirs of his 
body lawfully begotten forever. 

" Item. I give and bequeath to my son James Dawson one 
hundred and fifty acres of land in Batchellor's Range on the 
North East side of Gallaway Branch where Joseph Duling now 
lives called Grub'' Neck, and the heirs of his body lawfully 
begotten forever. 

" Item. I give and bequeath to my son Parry Dawson one 
hundred and fifty acres of land on the south west side of Galla- 
way Branch, part of Gallaway and part of Batchellor's Range 
addition, to him and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten 

" Item. My Will is that my wife shall have the Plantation 
where I now dwell for her thirds of all my lands during her life ; 

■ These tracu of land were derived from the testator's father's estate, under the 
preceding will. 

220 The Dawson Family. 

and then my Will is that it shall go to my son Robert Dawson 
and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever. I also give 
to my son Robert the negro boy called Tim. 

" Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Thomas 
one negro boy named Matt. 

" Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Rebecca Dawson 
one negro girl named Mary. 

" Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Dawson 
one negro girl named Fanny. 

" Lastly. I do hereby appoint my loving wife Sarah Dawson 
and my son William Dawson to be my Executors of this my 
last Will and Testament, and I do hereby utterly disallow re- 
voke and make null and void all and every other former Testa- 
ment, Will, Legacy or Codicil whatsoever by me made willed 
or bequeathed, ratifying this and no other to be my last Will and 

" In Witness whereof 1 have hereunto set my hand and affixed 
my seal the 24th day of December in the year of our Lord God 
one thousand seven hundred and fifty-nine. 

(signed) W. Dawson. [l.s.] 

"In y' Presents of: 
Thos. Clayland, 
Edmund Thomas junr., 
Arthur Emory, 

Sarah x Young." 

"Queen Ann's County, 1 

The first day of February, 1760. J 
" Thomas Clayland, Edmund Thomas, jr., Arthur Emory, and 
Sarah Young, the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing Will, 
being duly and ' solomly ' sworn on the Holy Evangelists of 
Almighty God, do depose and say That they saw the Testator, 
William Dawson, sign the foregoing Will, and heard him pub- 
lish and declare the same to be his last Will and Testament, that 
at the time of his so doing he was, to the best of their appre- 
hension, of sound and disposing Mind and Memory, and that 
they subscribed their respective names as witnesses to the said 
Will in the Presence of the Testator and at his Request. 
Which oath was taken by the said witnesses in the presence of 

The Dawson Faf?iily. 221 

William Dawson, heir at law of the Testator, which same 
William Dawson did not object to the Probate of said Will.. 
" Sworn to before 

Thomas Wright, Dept. Comis'y. 

of Queen Ann's County." 
Letters of Administration, as to the Estate of the deceased 
not disposed of by will, were issued to Sarah Dawson and Wil- 
liam Dawson, March 9, 1760. • 

III. Record. 
1. Ralph Dawson, deceased before 31 July, 17 10, men- 
tioned in the will of his son John of that date (see foregoing 
copy.) He had children : 
2-1. John, the testator in the will of 1710. 
2-2. James, executor, with the wife of John, of the lalter's will. 
2-3. Richard, ^ 

2-4. Robert, >- legatees, named in their brother's will. 
2-5. Rachel. ) 

2-1. John Dawson, of Talbot county, son of Ralph, made 
will 1 7 10, probably then under 50 years of age, his five children 
being then all minors. He is said to have emigrated from Eng- 
land to America about 1685. If so, probably came with or 
was accompanied by his father. His lands, situated on the 
eastern shore of the Chesapeake, are said to have been a grant, 
taken up under the proprietary government of Lord Calvert. 
He was of the class termed Gentlemen in England — being of 
those holding a middle rank between the nobility and yeomanry — 

and was of considerable estate. He m. Mary , and had 

five children, all of whom were minors at the date of their 

father's will, in 1710 : 

3-1. John. 

3-2. William. 

3-3. Ralph. 

3—4. Susannah. 

3-5. Elizabeth. 

3-2. William Dawson, of Queen Anne's county, son of 
John, was under age 17 10, made will December, 1759, and 
died before Feb. i, 1760, at which date the will was probated. 
He was probably 60 years of age, or more, at his death. It is 
probable that his children were all then of age. One of his 
daughters was married, and he appointed his son William one 

222 The Dawson Family. 

of his executors. A portion of the estate left by him was in- 
herited from his father. He m. Sarah , and had nine 

children : 

4-5. 'William, executor, with his mother, of his father's will. 

4-6. John. 

4-7. Thomas. 

4-8. James. 

4-9. Parry. 

^-10. Robert. 

4-1 1. IVlary Thomas. 

4-12. Rebecca. 

4-13. Sarah. 

[Note. Dr. James Dawson, of Talbot county, writing under date of 
March 8, 1871, refers to John Dawson (2-1) son of Ralph (l) as his 
great grandfather, and says : " I am the son of John, who was the son 
of John, who was the son of John, who was the son of Ralph." He also 
says that his father " had uncles named William, George and Robert 
[Dawson] of Queen Anne county." In another letter he slates that his 
father, John Dawson, died in 1854, aged %\ ; he consequently was born 
in 1770. Now, the children of John Dawson, the son of Ralph, were 
all born before 1710, and of these the eldest was named John, and was 
probably 1 5 years of age or more at that date. This could hardly have 
been the grandfather of Dr. Dawson, as he supposes, as it is not probable 
he would have had a child born as late as 1770 (he being then, if indeed 
living, about 85 years of age). A link therefore seems to be lacking, 
which being supplied would make Dr. D. one generation further removed 
from the original emigrant. The record of the family of his grandfather, 
John Dawson, will be given presently. The great grandfather's children 
were, of course, John (the Dr. 's grandfather), and William, George and 
Robert (the Dr.'s father's uncles). Now, who was the father of these 
four.' It is probable that he was John (3-1 of the foregoing record) the 
grandson of Ralph ; being the son of Ralph's son John, (2-1 of record) 
and brother to William.of Queen Anne county (3-2 of record). Assum- 
ing this to have been the case, the record will proceed as follows ^ :] 

3-1. John Dawson, of Queen Anne county, son of John, 
supposed father of : 

4-1. John, lived and d. in Talbot Co. ; m. 

4-2. William, lived and d. in Talbot Co. ; m. 

4-3. George, d. young ; unm. 

4-4. Robert, lived and d. in Queen Anne's Co. ; m. 

4-1. John Dawson, farmer, m. Mary Russell, and had : 
5-1. John, b. 1770, d. 1854 — so writes his son Dr. James Dawson, 

who says his father had six brothers, viz. : 
5-2. Micliael, d. about 1810 ; unm. 

■ For 4-1 to 4-+, inclusive, see forward. 

= " The link you speak of as being broken can only be filled up as you suggest in 
your letter of June 17th." Dr. James Dawson, Sept. 19, 1873. 

The Dawson Family. 223 

5-3. William, d. young. 

5-4. Thomas Russell, b. in Talbot Co., July 15, 1780, d. in Baltimore, 

Aug. zo, 1862 ; m. 
5-5. James, d. young. 
5-6. Joseph, m. in Baltimore, and d. about 1840, leaving one dau. who 

m. but d. childless about 1840. 
5-7. Richard, d. about 1831 ; m. 

4-2. William Dawson, resided in Talbot county, on 
Miles or St. Michael's river, and d. leaving children, all of whom 
d. without issue. Two daus. lived to an advanced age, but 
never m., namely : , 

5-8. Nancy. 
5-9. Betsey. 

4-4. Robert Dawson, of Queen Anne's county, m. late 
in life, and had one child : 
5-10. William Russell, b. about 1804, lived in Queen Anne's county. 

5-1. Maj. John Dawson, b. in Talbot county, April, 1770, 
d. at the old Dawson homestead in that county. May, 1854, 
aged 84. He assisted in the suppression of the Whiskey In- 
surrection in Pennsylvania, 1794; also served as a captain in 
the war of 1812. He m. ist., Fanny Caulk^ who d. early, 
childless. 2d., 1797, Mary Darden, who d. 1827. They had 
eight children : 

6-1. Robert, b. 1798, d. in Talbot Co., 1827, aged 29 ; mm. 
6-2. Mary, b. about 1801, d. in Talbot Co., 1855, aged 53 ; unm. 
6-3. Louisa, b. about i8oz, res. 1872, in Talbot Co. ; unm. 
6-4. Ann Matilda, b. 1803, m. Morris O. Colston, both d. She d. 

about 1859, aged 56; no issue. 
6-5. John, b. about 1804, d. in Talbot Co., 1858, aged 53 ; ot. 
6-6. James, b. Nov. 8, 1805, res. 1873, St. Michaels, Talbot Co. ; m. 
6-7. Caroline, b. 18 1 3, res. 1873, in California. Neilson. 
6-8. Alexander, d. 1827. 

Maj. Dawson m. 3d., Feb., 1828, Mary Robson, b. in Talbot 
county, Sept., 1794, dau. of Thomas and Eve Spry Robson. 
She res. 1873, in Talbot Co., aged 79. They had five children, 
all b. in Talbot Co. : 

6-9. Eliza Jane, b. Nov. 23, 1828, res. 1873, Lawrenceville, 111. Gold. 
6-10. Frances Selina, b. Jan., 1831, res. 1873, Talbot county ; unm. 
6-11. Sarah Lavinia, b. Dec, 1833, res. 1873, Talbot county ; unm. 
6-12. Emma Lucretia, b. March, 1835, res. 1873, Talbot county ; unm. 
6-13. Robert Morris, b. March, 1839, res. 1873, with his mother and 

sisters at the old homestead. Royal Oak, Talbot county, Md. He 

is a physician ; unm. 

224 T^he Dawson Family. 

5-4, Thomas Russell Dawson, was b. in Talbot county, 
Md.,July 15, 1780. Heconductedformanyyearsa very successful 
business in Baltimore as a merchant tailor, from which he retired 
in 1834. The two following years were passed upon a farm in 
Talbot county, and the remainder of a very peaceful, but useful 
and most exemplary life, was spent in Baltimore, where he d. 
Aug. 20, 1862, aged 82. 

" Mr. Dawson was small in stature, with a well knit frame, 
capable of enduring fatigue. He was a great walker, having 
been known to go on foot seventeen miles in one day, after he 
attained his sixtieth year. His features were rather prominent, 
and the expression was one of firmness and benevolence. He 
delighted in the company of friends, and was unusually talkative. 
In his earlier life he was an ardent whig, and a great admirer 
of Henry Clay. Although he never sought office he was 
devotedly attached to his political party, and made strenuous 
efforts, as an individual, to promote its success. Just and 
upright in all his dealings, he passed a long life without a stain. 
Litigation was abhorrent to his feelings, and he was always 
ready to compromise, or suffer loss, rather than resort to law. 
' Seek peace and pursue it ' was the law of his life. Pure in 
his principles, simple in his tastes, quiet in his manners, and a 
great lover of truthfulness, he enjoyed the confidence of those 
who knew him. In his younger days he was strongly inclined 
to the tenets of the Society of Friends, but after his children 
grew up and most of them attached themselves to the Methodist 
church, he generally worshipped with them, uniting with the 
church, however, only quite late in life."" He m. in Baltimore, 
1861, G2//^ar;«fiS'«;nwa/?,whowasb.inBaltimore, Feb. 23, 1787, 

* ** Among my earliest recollections is that of seeing him bowed daily in prayer. 
He was doubtless a servant of God, but always timid, and fearful of making a profession 
of godliness. He never thought himself good enough to belong to the church. 
Toward the end of his pilgrimage, however, he became more trustful, and finally, 
when near eighty, united with the M E church, and enjoyed the ordinances of the 
sanctuary. -His last days were his best, and his end was peace. For some years 
before his death the powers of nature gradually failed, and without any special form 
of disease, he quietly passed from earth, we trust to a better home, a few weeks after 
he entered on his eighty-third year. His wife, Catharine, was a meet partner for 
such a husband. Her days were spent in faithful attention to home duties. ' A good 
wife, and a good mother' might well be her epitaph. She was an humble Christian 
for many years, and like her dear husband gradually faded out of life in a good old 
age. Their tombstones, side by side in the cemetery, proclaim the remarkable 
coincidence that they were both of one age at the time of their decease, each being 
eighty-two years, one month and five days old. " Joseph H. Dawson, Norfolk, Va., 

The Dawson Family. 22 S 

March 28, 1869, daughter of Philip and Elizabeth Sumwalt, of 

Baltimore. They had six children, all b. in Baltimore :' 

6-14. Elizabeth Ann, b. Jan. 14, 1817, d. in Baltimore, Jan. 15, 1861. 


6-15. Philip Thomas, b. Oct. 6, 1818, res. Baltimore ; m. 

6-16. Maria Sumwalt, b. May 29, i8zo, d. inlll. Sanbourn ; Lockwood. 

6-17. Joseph H., b. March 12, 1823, res. Norfolk, Va. ; m. 

6-18. Catharine, b. Aug. 15, 1826, res. Kansas. Lockwood. 

6-19. Caroline, b. Sept. 3, 1829, res. Baltimore. Mettee. 

5-7. Richard Dawson, farmer, m. EliT-abeth Hardcastle^ 

and d. about 1831, leaving four children : 

6-20. Thomas Russell, b. in Talbot county, Md., June 29, 1828, res. 
Philadelphia ; m. 

6-21. Joseph Columbus, b. in Talbot county, April 11, 1829, res. Phila- 
delphia ; m. 

6-22. Susan, res. a wid. 1873, at St. Michael's, Md. Mettee. 

6-23. Ellen, res. 1873, Sharp's Island, Chesapeake bay. Hope. 

6-5*. John Dawson, b. in Talbot county, Md., abt. 1804, 
d. in same county, 1858, aged 53. He m. Miss McGuinness, 
of Talbot county, and had three children ; 
7-1. Robert, d. without issue. 
7-2. Matilda, d. without issue. 
7-3. Frances, m. Townsend. 

6-6. Dr. James Dawson, b. in Talbot county, Md., Nov. 
8, 1805, was educated in the Easton academy (Easton, Md.,) 
and was graduated in the Medical department of the University 
of Maryland, in 1828. He resides, 1873, at St. Michael's, in 
Talbot county, in which locality he has been a successful prac- 
titioner of medicine for more than forty years. It is to his 
kindness that the compiler hereof is indebted for most of the 
information contained in the foregoing records of the family of 
Ralph Dawson.^ Dr. Dawson m. 1835, Louisa Hambleton, b. 
1817, dau. of William and Lydia Hambleton, and niece of the 

« Thomas R. and Catharine S. Dawson, were m. March 7,1816. " Their tomb- 
stones, side by side in the cemetery, proclaim the remarkable coincidence that they were 
both of one age at the time of their decease, each being eighiy-two years, one month, and 
jive days, old" 

' Dr. Dawson believes that the family to which he belongs was " the earliest of the 
name in the state, perhaps in the country" j and with just pride in an honorable an- 
cestry, whose descendants, coming of a strong and vigorous stock, have increased and 
flourished through many generations and under all political conditions, he remarks : 
" We are a very numerous family throughout the country, in the western as well as 
in the middle and southern states. My family have lived under a monarchical, 
colonial, and thank God, now, after a bloody struggle, a republican government, 

2 26 The Dawson Family. 

late Paymaster Samuel Hambleton, U. S. N. He has seven 
children living, as follows : 

7-4. William Hambleton, b. Sept. 15, 1836, res. 1873, at Bay Hun- 
dred, Talbot county ; physician. 
7-5. Helen, b. Sept. I, 1838, res. 1873, California. Tilden. 
7-6. Lydia Rolle, b. 1840, res. Talbot Co. 
7-7. Rowena, b. 1845, res. Talbot Co. 
7-8. John Alvan, b. 1852, res. Talbot Co. 
7-9. Douglass Hambleton, b. 1856, res. Talbot Co. 
7-10. Emma Louisa, b. 1858, res. Talbot Co. 

6-7. Caroline Dawson^ b. in Talbot county, Md., 1813, res. 
1873, in California. She m. about 1838, Thomas Neilson, of 
Baltimore. Two children- living : 
7-11. Charles Frederick Mayer, b. in Baltimore, res. 1873, Omaha, 

Neb. ; physician. 
7-12. Ella, m. John Parker Gaillard, of S. C, and res. 1873, San 
Francisco, Cal. 

6-9. Eli-za Jane Daivson, b. in Talbot county, Md., Nov, 
23, 1828, m. in same county, Dec, 1861, Daniel L. Gold, 
who was b. in Washington, Va., 1824, son of Daniel and Floyd 
Gold. They res. 1873, in Lawrenceville, 111. One child: 
7-13. Annie Roberta, b. in Springfield, 111., Aug., 1863. 

6-14. Elizabeth Ann Dawson^ b. in Baltimore, Md., Jan. 14, 

1817, d. in same city, Jan. 15, 1861, m. April ig, 1838, 
Cyrillus John Rosan, who d. in Baltimore, Dec. 5, 1864, 
son of Alonzo and Mary Rosan. They had six children : 
7-14. Alonzo Thomas, b. in Baltimore, May 21, 1839, d. 

7-15. Charles William, b. in Balto., Aug. 25, l84l,res. 1873, Brooklyn, 

N. Y. 
7-16. Joseph Henry Dawson, b. in Balto., Oct. 10, 1843, res. Brooklyn. 
7-17. Sterling, b. in Balto., Oct. 9, 1845, res. Bel Air, Md. ; m. 
7-18. Serena Heard, b. in Balto., July 31, 1849, m. Oct. 4, 1870, J. 

Ward Scott, M.D., res. Baltimore. 
7-ig. Philip Dawson, b. at Westminster, Md., Feb. 13, 1852, d. 

6-15. Philip Thomas Dawson, b. in Baltimore, Oct. 6, 

1818, m. 1st, in Baltimore, Oct. 31, JS4.4., Mary Wilson, who 
d. without issue, March, 1851, dau. of Robert and Maria Wil- 
son. He m. 2d, in Baltimore, Oct. 19, 1852, Sarah Bell 

stronger than ever." Jan. 187 1. "I have practiced medicine for more than forty 
years in the same locality, St. Michael's ; am sixty-seven years of age, and near my 
journey's end, with hope and faith sure of a happy immortality, which I pray you 
and I may both inherit." Jan. 1873. 

The Dawson Family. 227 

Trotton^ b. in Baltimore, Jan. 22, 1831, d. May 22, 1856, dau. 
of Thomas and Eliza Trotton. Mr. Dawson res. in Baltimore. 
One son living : 
7-Z0. Thomas Trotton, b. in Baltimore, April 27, 1854. 

6-16. Maria Sumwalt Dawson, b. in Baltimore, May 29, 
1820, m. Dr. JosiAH G. Sanbourn, of Illinois. They had two 
children : 
7-2 1 . Josiah. 
7-22. Eunice. 

She m. 2d, George Lockwood, of Illinois. Three chn. : 
7-23. George. 
7-24. Daniel. 
7-25. Philip D. 

After her death, Mr. Lockwood m. 2d, her sister Catharine 
Dawson (6-18) who was b. in Baltimore, Aug. 15, 1826. They 
res. near Salina, Kansas. No issue. 

6-17. Joseph H. Dawson, b. in Baltimore, March 12, 
1823, m. in Richmond, Va., March 15, 1848, G. Louisa Drake, 
b. in Norfolk, dau. of Rev. Ethelbert Drake and w. Mary 
Godwin Green.^ They res. 1873, in Norfolk. Five children, 
all b. in Va. : 

7-26. IVIary Catharine, b. in Norfolk. 
7-27. Russell Soule, b. in Norfolk. 
7-28. Virginia Crocl, b. in Richmond. 
7-29. Laura Louisa, b. in Norfolk. 
7-30. Martha Sumwalt, b. in Norfolk. 

6-19. Caroline Dawson, b. in Baltimore, Sept. 3, 1829, m, 
in Baltimore, Nov. 14, 1854, Milton D. Mettee, who was 
b. in Baltimore, June 24, 1831, son of Martin and Elizabeth 
Mettee. Three children, all b. in Baltimore : 
7-31. Anna Sumwalt, b. Aug. 14, 1855. 
7-32. Milton Howard, b. March 23, 1857. 
7-33. Jennie Barron, h. April II, 1859, d. June 30, 1859. 

6-20. Thomas Russell Dawson, b. in Talbot Co., Md., 
June 29, 1828, m. in Yonkers, N. Y., June 15, 1870, Annie 

' Rev. Ethelbert Drake, of the Va. Conference M. E. church, b. in Chatham 
county, N. C, 1787, son of Richard and Louisa Drake ViviWt. Mary Godwin Green, 
b. in Norfollc, Va., 1797, dau. of Rev. Richard Lee Green, of Lancaster county, 
and w. Grizzie Cowper, of Nansemond county, Va. 

228 The D WW son Family. 

A. Anstice. He is a wholesale dry goods merchant, and res. 
1873, in Philadelphia. They have one child : 
7-34. Henry Anstice, b. in Philadelphia, March 23, 1871. 

6-21 . Joseph Columbus Dawson, b. in Talbot county, Md., 
April II, 1829, m. in Norfolk, Va., April 5, 1859, ^"'^y ^• 
Ghieslin, dau. of William and Mary Ghieslin. They res. 1 873, 
in Philadelphia. Five children : 
7-35. Harry Hamilton, d. in infancy. 

7-36. Ellen Blanche, b. in Petersburg, Va., April 28, 1861. 
7-37. Joseph Columbus, b. in Norfolk, Va., Oct. 29, 1865. 
7-38. Horace Nimmo, b. in Philadelphia, Dec. 26, 1868. 
7-39. William Edgar, b. in Philadelphia, April 10, 1873. 

6-22. Susan Dawson (dau. of Richard, 5-7), m. Nov. 5, 
1853, Lewis Mettee, who d. Aug. 8, 1861. She res. at St. 
Michael's, Talbot Co., Md. Three children : 
7-40. Martin Russell, b. March 6, 1855. 
7-41. Frank Kennedy, b. May 14, 1859. 
7-42. Lurellen Virginia, b. Feb. 17, 1862. 

6-23. Eiien Dawson (dau. of Richard, 5-7), m. Nov. 13, 
1867, Daniel Hope. They res. 1873, ^^ Sharp's Island, 
Chesapeake bay. Three children : 
7-43. Thomas Summerfield, b. Sept. 27, 1868. 
7-44. Joseph Dawson, b. March 27, 1871. 
7-45. Mary, b. Aug. 30, 1872. 

7-5. Helen Dawson, b. in Talbot county, Sept. i, 1838, m. 
in Baltimore, Nov. 12, 1859, Dr. Thomas W. Tilden, who 
was b. in Caroline county, Md., Feb. i, 1825, son of Dr. 
Charles and Sarah Toiunsend Tilden. They emigrated to 
California in i860, returned to Maryland in 1861, removed 
again to California, and now, 1873, reside at Chico, Butte 
county, in that state. Four children : 
8-1. Mary Ridgeley, b. in Chico, Cal., Oct. 7, i860. 
8-2. James D., b. in Talbot Co., Md., June 30, 1862. 
8-3. Edwin Marmaduke, b. in Talbot Co., July z, 1865. 
8-4. Louisa Hambleton, b. in Marin county, Cal., July 19, 1867. 

7-17. Col. Sterling RosAN, attorney at law, b. in Baltimore, 
Md., Oct. 9, 1845, m. May 11, 1871, Helen Georgie Heald, 
of Harford county, Md. They res. 1873, ^^ ^el Air, in Harford 
county. One child : 
8-5. Maggie, b. Feb. 25, 1872. 


Of Prince George County, Md., about 1700. 

From Geo. W. Dawson, Esj., of DaiusonvUle, Md. ; Eon. John Dawson, of Union- 
town, Pa. ; Mrs. Louisa Dawson Patterson, of Pittsburg, Pa. ; Mr. John B. 
Dawson, of Calcutta, Ohio, and others, the folloiving : 

1. John Dawson is said to have emigrated from the north 
of England sometime before 1700. Whether he came from 
Whitehaven, in Cumberland,' or from Yorkshire,^ is uncertain. 
By some he is said to have gone into Maryland by way of 
Philadelphia, where he tarried for a while ; others understand that 
he emigrated directly to Maryland. It is a tradition, not, however, 
sustained by any facts which have come to the knowledge of the 
compiler hereof, that he was accompanied by two brothers 
named Nicholas and William. 3 Possibly two sons thus named 
were the traditional brothers. He is said to have emigrated 
when a young man, and to have been quite advanced in years 
when he died. His death is supposed to have occurred before 
1720, from the fact that his son Thomas, who died in 1800, 
aged 92, and was, consequently, born in 1 708, barely remembered 
the event as one which happened in his childhood. 

He married Rebecca Doytie., daughter of John Doyne, an Irish 
gentleman, who had a grant of land on Chickamoxon creek, in 
Charles county, about thirty miles below the place where the 
city of Washington now is. They settled on Broad creek, near 
the Potomac river, about twelve miles below the site of Wash- 
ington, in Prince George county, where he died. Mr. G. W. 

■ " Whitehaven, in Cumberland," a small town on the Irish sea, north of Liver- 
pool. G. W. D. 

•Hon. J. D., 1854. 

3 Mr. G. W. D. says, 1854, these "went south, to Virginia and the Carolinas, 
and from them the Dawsons of those states, Georgia, and the other southern states 
are descended. One of the brothers, Nicholas, I suppose, left a son named Nicholas, 
in Maryland, whose descendants still live near the Pointof Rocks (Loudon Co., Va.)." 
The supposition in regard to the Georgia and Carolina families, is, as has been 
already stated, erroneous. The Nicholas Dawson referred to was probably so^^ot 
brother, of John Dawson, the emigrant. 

230 The Dawson Fafnily. 

D. says there were, of the issue of this marriage, besides a 
daughter named Eleanor, four sons named John, George, 
William, and Thomas ; and he adds : " There may have been, 
and I think it iiicely there were, other children of John and 
Rebecca Doyne Dawson, but of this I am not certain." Hon. J. 
D. mentions, of this family, John, George, Thomas and 
Nicholas, thus omitting William, named in the list first quoted, 
and adding Nicholas. Probably both names should be retained, 
and thus we have issue of John and Rebecca Doyne Dawson as 
follows : 
2-1. John, who, according to Mr. G. W. D.'s information, "died in 

early life, unmarried."' 
2-2. George, resided in Montgomery Co., ancestor of Pennsylvania 

2-3. Wilham, d. in early life, unmarried. - 
2-4. Thomas, b. in Prince George Co., 1708, d. Aug., 1800, aged 92, 

ancestor of Montgomery Co. families. 
2-5. Nicholas, ancestor of Loudon Co., Va., families. 
2-6. Eleanor, who m. a gentleman named Bayne.-' 

2-2. George Dawson resided in Montgomery county, near 
where the city of Washington now stands. He m. Jnn Lowe, 
sister of the w. of his brother Thomas. 

* Hon. J. D. erroneously supposed that the above named John Dawson ** emigrated 
to Georgia, and was grandfather of Senator Dawson." 

= This from G. W. D., who supposed one of this name went South. Did he 
not move, with his brother George, into Pennsylvania } IViltiam Daiuson is named 
in a list of settlers in Fayette county, then called Springhill township, forming a part 
of Bedford county, 1772. — Veech's The Monongahcla of Old, p. 200. 

3 " A grandson of hers, named John Dawson Harrison, died at an advanced age 
some time last year in Alexandria, Va., leaving a numerous family." — G. W. D., 
1854. " She has descendants now living in Maryland, Virginia, and perhaps else- 
where."— G. W. D., 1871. 

Since this record was arranged a different account of the original of the family has 
reached the compiler, communicated by Mr. Augustine M. Dawson, Calcutta, Ohio, 
1873. He states that the founder of the family in Maryland was Thomas Dawson, 
who, between 1630 and 1640, "came to Maryland clothed with the second office in 
the state," Lord Baltimore being governor. Dawson " had a grant of two manors of 
land, to be selected in any place where the land was unoccupied, and he located one 
near Port Tobacco, on the Potomac, below Washington, and the other in Mont- 
gomery county, each manor consisting of some thousands of acres. Title to the first 
described tract long since passed out of the family, but of the second a portion yet 
remains in the Dawson name. Thomas Dawson, 2d, laid out a town on this tract 
called DawsonviUe; he lived to be 103 years old; and hii son Thomas" (presumed 
to be 2-4 of the above record) "died there, being 93 years old." — But the 
last named appears to have given a different account of the family, and that his 
father's name was John, not Thomas, was clearly a fact derived from him. It may 
be noted that the second Lord B.iltimore received his grant from King Charles in 
1682, but never resided in Maryland. His brother Leonard was his lieutenant, and 
arrived in 1634. 

The Dawson Family. 231 

Mr. G. W. D. wrote, 1854, as follows : " George had a large 
family. He lived in this county [Montgomery] not far from 
the present city of Washington, and died there. One of his 
sons, named Benjamin, married and died in early manhood, 
leaving an only son named Abraham, now quite an old man, 
widower and childless, living in this county. A daughter of 
George also married in Maryland, and some of her descendants, 
of almost every name, still reside in this state. After his death, 
his widow, with the rest of his children, removed to western 
Pennsylvania, and settled at what was then called Red Stone, 
now Brownsville. If I am correctly informed, the Hon. John 
L. Dawson, now member of Congress from that district of Penn- 
sylvania, is a descendant of the Dawsons then so emigrating 
from Maryland. This emigration took place, as near as I can 
learn, some time about the date of the Revolution — say 1775 — 
a (e-w years earlier or later." In the same year (1854) Hon. J. 
D., uncle to Hon. J. L. D., above named, wrote as follows : 
" My father was a native of the state of Maryland, but died 
while I was an infant. He migrated with his father^ George 
Dawson, to the southwestern part of Pennsylvania, then supposed 
to be within the limits of Virginia. This was about 1770. 
My father's name was Nicholas Dawson, and his mother's 
maiden name was Lowe. He was born in Montgomery county, 
near Washington." No doubt the latter account is correct. 
George Dawson was named as a resident of Tyrone township 
in 1772, which then embraced a part of what is now Fayette 
county. Pa.' When he accompanied his family on their migra- 
tion westward he must have been upward of sixty years of age. 
His life was therefore mainly spent in Maryland, where his 

* See Tbc Monongahela of Old, p. 203. George Dawson was named one of the 
executors of Thomas Gist, of Fayette county {then Westmoreland) son of the locally 
celebrated Christopher Gist, who " was among the earliest adventurers into this region 
of country," having gone thither "as agent of the old Ohio company, and settled on 
the Mount Braddock lands in 1753," in which year he accompanied Washington as 
a guide in an expedition to the French posts on the Alleghany. Thomas Gist d. on 
the Mount Braddock estate in 1786, and George Dawson being already dead, his son 
Nicholas, who was hU executor, was supposed to be thereby entitled to become executor 
of Gist. Nicholas had, however, in 17S3. removed into the Virginia *' pan handle" 
on the Ohio, just below the state line of Pa., and on account of non-residence could 
not serve. " The Dawsons owned and resided on the lands in North Union town- 
ship, recently the home of Col. Williitn Swcaringcn." — The Monongahela of Old, p. 
116, and note z. 

232 The Dawson Family. 

children probably all grew to maturity. He may have had others 

besides the following : 

3-1. Benjamin, father of Abraham, both above named. 

3—2. Nicholas, removed with his father to Pa., d. in Va. ; m. 

3-3. Henry, said to have " emigrated to the west." (Western Pa. or 

3-4. John, removed with his father to Pa. ; m. 

3-5. Verlinda, d. in Washington Co., Pa. Moore. 

3-6. Eleanor, m. John Swearincen. 

3-7. Rebecca, m. Daniel Swearincen. 

3-8. Elizabeth, m. Wm. Swearincen, lived in Fayette Co., Pa.i 

3-9. Nancy, m. Thomas Dawson, son of Benoni (3-1 1). 

3-10. A daughter remained in Maryland and "intermarried with a Mr. 
Garrett ; some of her descendants live in Frederick county." 
(J. D., 1854). " One son and two daughters remained in Mary- 
land." CG. W. D., 1871). 

2-4. Thomas Dawson, b. at Broad Creek, in Prince George 
county, Md., 1708, m. Elizabeth Lowe^ dau. of John Lowe, of 
that county, ancestor of the late Governor Lowe, of Maryland. 
He d. in Montgomery county, Md., August, 1800, aged 92. 
They had ten children, named in the order of birth, as follows : 
3-1 1. Benoni, b. 1742, d. in Beaver Co., Pa., May 6, 1806; m. 
3-12. Mary, m. Benjamin Mackall, whose sisters m. Benoni and 

Nicholas L. 
3-13. Sarah, m. William Blackmore. 
3-11. Eleanor, m. Lawrence ."^llnutt. 

3-15. Nicholas L., b. 1751, d. in Montgomery Co., Md., 1831 ; m. 
3-16. Verlinda H., m. James Allnutt, brother to Lawrence. 
3-17. Robert Doyne, b. 1758, d. in Montgomery Co., Aug., 1824 ; m. 
3-18. Elizabeth, d. unm. 
3-19. Rebecca, m. Benjamin Mackall, nephew to the above named. 

(See forward). 
3-20. Jane, m. Weaver Johns. 

2-5. Nicholas Dawson, of Prince George county, brother 
of George and Thomas, above named, appears to have been the 
ancestor of the Dawsons of Loudon county, Va., and other 

families. His w. was Martha Ann , who d. Jan. 28, 

1795, in her 80th year. They had : 

3-21. Nicholas, b. in Prince George county, June 14, 1750, d. in 

Frederick Co., Md., March 18, 1806 ; m. 
3-22. Charles, d. in Dearborn Co., Indiana; m.- 

' See p. 231, note. 

' Nicholas Dawson had, it is supposed, several children. There is some doubt as 
to whether Charles (3-22) was his son, but he was of Loudon county, Va., b. in 
Maryland, and prabably of this < 

The Dawson Family. 233 

3-1. Benjamin Dawson, lived in Montgomery Co., Md., 
m. and d. in early manhood, leaving an only son : 
4-1. Abraham, who was living in same county, 1854, at an advanced 
age, a widower, and childless. 

3-2. Nicholas Dawson (son of George, 2-2), b. in Mont- 
gomery county, Md., near the city of Washington, removed 
with his father's family to the southwestern part of Pennsylvania, 
then supposed to be within the limits of Virginia, about the year 
1770. He must have been then of age or nearly so, and he 
was in 1772 the owner of 300 acres of "uncultivated lands" 
in Tyrone township, forming a part of what is now Fayette 
county, Pa.' A (ew years later he was a volunteer in Craw- 
ford's expedition against Sandusky.^ He m. Violet Littleton, 
dau. of John and Violet Littleton, of Westmoreland, England, 
and had in 1783 taken up his residence on what was acknowl- 
edged Virginia soil — now known as the "pan-handle "3 — where 
he d. about 1800. They had two sons : 
4-2. George, b. March 17, 1783, d. at Brownsville, Pa., June 19, 

4-3. John, b. July 13, 1788, res. 1873, at Uniontown, Pa.; m. 

3-4. John Dawson, (son of George, 2-2) m. and re- 
moved west. He settled in Champaign county, O., some time 
before the war of i8i2,andd. at Urbanna, in that county, about 
i860, aged nearly 100 years. He had, besides four daus., four 
sons, named as follows : 
4-4. Harry. 

4-5. William, b. July 20, 1778, d. in Pa., Sept. 10, 1853 ; m. 
4-6. Thomas, removed to Natchez, Miss., and d. there leaving one 

child — a dau. 
4-7. John, d. in Champaign Co., about 1830; m. 

' The Monongahela of Old^ p. 204. 

= Butterfield's Craivford's Campaign, p. 253. It is there stated he was of West- 
moreland, and lived near Beesontown, 1778. 

3 See p. 231, mit. " Nicholas d. at what was called Muchmore's Bottom, on the 
Va. shore, more than seventy years ago." — A. M. D., 1873. 

** Nicholas [Dawson] having married Violet Littleton in Maryland (?) followed the 
course and shared the fortunes of his father. They were stern partisans of Virginia 
in the boundary controversy, and removed several times to secure a residence within 
the limits of that commonwealth, although they never relinquished their possessions 
in Fayette county." — From a Sktuh by Chauncey F. Blacic, Esq., intended to be in- 
troductory to a collection of Speeches of Hon. John L. Dawson. (Unless Nicholas 
Dawson went back to Maryland for his bride, it seems doubtful whether he m. there. 
Their eldest child wasb. in 1783, some 13 years after the date of his emigration to Pa). 


234 T^he Dawson Family. 

3-5. Verlinda Dawson (eldest dau. of George, 2-2), m. 

Augustine Moore, of Kent Co., Md. They lived at Brice- 

land's Cross Roads, Washington county, Pa., where both d. 

at an advanced age. They had nine children : 

4-8. Rachel, b. Aug. 31, 1777. d. near Calcutta, O., July 19, 1846, 
aged 68, w. of Nicholas Dawson, son of Benoni (3-1 1). 

4-9. William, m. Susan Maxwell, lived in Wellsville, Columbiana Co., 
O., where both d., he aged about 83 ; they had six sons and four 
daus., all m. but one dau. 

4-10. John, never m. ; was a river man, and d. in La. 

4-11. Elizabeth, m. Daniel McConnell, blacksmith ; both d., children 
live in Tuscarawas Co., O. 

4-12. Asenath, m. John Jackson, both d. inKnoxville, Knox Co., 111. ; 
several children. 

4-13. Verlinda, d. at Briceland's Cross Roads, aged 2; ; unm. 

4-14. Eleanor, m. John McConnell ; they res. 1873, near Briceland's 
Cross Roads, Washington Co., Pa. ; several children. 

4-15. Mary, m. Charles Hay, and removed to Ashland Co., O., where 
he d., and she res. 1873 ; one son, Joseph J., res. New Orleans, 

4-16. Rebecca, m. Gilbert Cool ; they res. 1873, near Clinton, Alle- 
ghany Co., Pa. 

3-11. Benoni Dawson, b. 1742, m. in Md., Rebecca 
Mackall, and about the year 1782 ' emigrated to western Penn- 
sylvania (now Fayette county) where he joined the family of 
his uncle George Dawson (2-2), who had gone before him. 
After a brief halt in that neighborhood he went further west, 
(Sept., 1790°) and settled in the lower corner of what is now 
called Beaver county. Pa., the village of Georgetown being on 
his land. He took with him from Maryland his family, cattle 
and slaves,' and while tarrying in Fayette county sent men on to 
Beaver county to clear land for a homestead. A cabin was 
built on Mill creek bottom, near the Ohio river, and about ten 
acres planted with corn. He moved by water, but his sons 
and slaves went by land, and drove the stock. He was a mem- 
ber of the Episcopal church, " a good man to the poor," and 
one of those strong, wise, just men whose influence is widely 
felt for good, especially in a new community, as a counselor 

■ " My father came with his father to Fayette county, Pa., when he was ten years 
old; he was b. in 1771." — A. M. Dawson, of Calcutta, O., son of Nicholas, son of 
Benoni (311). 

" A. M. Dawson, 1873. 

3 " Among the largest slave owners, as shown by the Registers, were Robert Beale, 

•8 Benoni Dawson, 7 , Augustine Moore, 4," etc. — The Momngahcla 

cf Old, p. 99, note. 

The 'Dawson Family. 235 

and peace maker, whose judgment and advice were generally 
respected.' He built a mill on Mill creek, and d. at his home- 
stead. May 6, 1806, aged 64.^ He had fourteen children, the 
order of their births not known as to all ■? 

4-17. Thomas, b. about 1765, d. at Georgetown, Pa., aged about 52 ; w. 
4-18. Benoni, b. in Md., Aug. 20, 1769, d. near Georgetown, Nov. 14, 

1844 ; m. 
4-19. George, lived at Mill creek, d. at about 50; m. 
4-20. Mackall, lived and d. near Georgetown ; m. 
4-21. Nicholas, b. 1772, d. near Calcutta, O., 1855 ; m. 
4-22. Henry. 

4-23. Mary, in. James Blackmore. (See forward). 
4-24. Elizabeth, in. Charles Blackmore. (See forward). 
4-25. Rebeccs Mackall, m. William White ; left g children. 
4-26. Nancy Brooks, m. John Bever. (See forward). 
4-27. John L., d. near Wooster, O. ; m. 
4-28. Benjamin, d. at about 50 ; m. 
4-29. Robert D., d. aged 21 ; unm. 
4-30. James M., d. without issue. 

3-15. Nicholas L. Dawson, b. in Montgomery Co., Md., 
1751, d. near Dawsonville, in that county, in 1831, aged 80. 
He m. early, Mary Mackall^ sister to the w. of his brother 
Benoni, and to his sister Mary's husband. They had several 
children, of whom was -.^ 
4-31. James M., b. 1774, d. near Dawsonville, 1866, in his 92dyear; m. 

3-17. Robert Doyne Dawson, b. in Montgomery county, 
Md., 1758, d. at or near Dawsonville, in that county, August, 
1824, aged 66. He was twice m. By his 2d wife he had 
three daus., two of whom d. young. His first wife was Sarah 
N. Chiswell, dau. of an English gentleman, from Lancashire. 
They had seven sons and four daughters, all b. in Montgomery 
county, as follows : 

* ** People used to say. * Did Benoni Dawson say so ? Then it is right.' " A. M. D. 

' " The first man buried in Georgetown graveyard was Jacob Clark, a white man, 
shot by hostile Indians, in Sept., 1773. Since then great numbers of grahdfather 
Benoni Dawson's family, including himself, wife, children, grandchildren and great 
grandchildren, have been buried there." — A. M. D. 

3 " 1 suppose that all his immediate children are d., but their descendants, almost 
as numerous as Pharaoh's frogs, have spread themselves all over the western and 
northwestern states." — G. W. D., 1854. "Thomas was the eldest; I give the 
names of the others as remembered j I cannot give the order of their births." — G. 
W. D., 1871. " Thomas was the eldest son, Benoni was second son, Nicholas the 
middle child." — A. M. D., 1873. 

«G. W. D., 1854. 

>26 The Dawson Family. 

4-32. William C, b. 1784, d. at RusselJville, Ky., about 184807 49 ; m. 

4-33. Mary D., d. young.' 

4-34. Verlinda H., d. in Missouri about 1 864. Allnutt. 

4-35. Thomas, d. in 1832, a childless widower. 

4-36. Stephen N., b. Aug. 10, 1788, d. in Montgomery Co., Tenn., 

Dec. 23, 1855 ; m. 
4-37. Robert D., b. 1790, d. in New Madrid, Mo., about 1842 ; m. 
4-38. Sarah N., d. young. 
4-39. Elizabeth, d. 1852 ; mm. 
4-40. Joseph N., d. at the homestead, in Montgomery county, Md., 

July, 1869, in his 74th year. He never married. 
4-41. Benoni, physician, d. in 1851, in Md., leavinga widow (still living, 

1871), and two sons and six daus. ; three of the daus. m., the 

other three and the sons, mm. 
4-42. George W., b. Nov. 28, 1799, res. 1873, at Dawsonville, Md. ; 

uiim. See bchzu. 

George W. Dawson, Esq. (4-42 of this record), was edu- 
cated to the legal profession, and in early life was somewhat 
engaged in the practice ; but having no fondness for it he soon 
relinquished it, keeping up, however, a nominal connection with 
the bar, and sometimes, though not often, taking part in the 
trial of causes in which his personal friends were interested. 
He has devoted no small part of his life to public matters, hav- 
ing been frequently honored by his neighbors with public trusts. 
He has repeatedly represented his county of Montgomery in the 
state legislature, has been presiding justice of the court of Pro- 
bate, trustee of public schools, trustee of the poor, poormaster, 
justice of the peace, etc. ; also a collector of Internal Revenue 
of the United States for the Fifth District of Maryland, and 
state assessor of Montgomery county. 

Writing under date of Feb. 13, 1871, Mr. Dawson says: 
" For the last two years I have held no public trust — shall 
never, I hope, hold another. For nearly forty years before the 
death of my brother Joseph we lived together, jointly engaged 
in farming and milling. His death terminated our partnership, 
and unwilling at three score years and ten to commence, as it 
were, the world anew, I sold my farm to my nephew, and make 
my home with him. I have never married. I live at the family 
homestead, and am less than four miles from the Virginia line." 
(Dawsonville, Md.). To this gentleman the compiler hereof 

■ "Mjry an(iSar.ih d. young, before I was born."— G. W. D., 1871. 

The Dawson Family. 237 

is indebted for much of the information contained in the fore- 
going pages. 

3-19. Rebecca Dawson (dau. of Thomas, 2-4), m. Benjamin 
Mackall, nephew to Benjamin Mackall, husband of her sister 
JVIary. They lived in Frederick Co., Md. Of their children 
only the names of the following are known : 
4-43. Thomas ; m. 
4-44. Eleanor, b. Jan. 10, 1796,111. Benoni Blackmore, son of Charles 

and Elizabeth Dawson Blackmore (4-24). 
4-45. Benjamin; m. 

3-21. Nicholas Dawson (son of Nicholas, 2-5), was b. in 
Prince George county, Md., June 14, 1750, and removed thence 
to near Frederick city, Md., sometime, as is supposed, pripr to'the 
war of the Revolution. He was a magistrate of the county of 
Frederick for many years. He d. March 18, 1806, aged 55 
years 9 months 4 days. He m. ist, widow Lydia Mackall, 
Feb. 14, 1778. She d. Oct. 14, 1780, without issue. He m. 
2d, Sept. 4, 1781, Elizabeth Bayne. It is said that "they loved 
mutually before his first marriage, and were only prevented from 
consummating their affection by the positive opposition of her 
family, who did not like her lover's wild and dissipated habits. 
He reformed after marriage, and became a good and exemplary 
husband."' They had four children : 
4-46. Polly, b. Feb. 9, 1784, m. Thomas Cromwell, and lived at 

Pittsburg, Pa. She d. without issue, while on a visit to her 

native county. She is reputed to have been a woman of great 

beauty, both of person and character. 
4-47. Philip, b. Feb. 4, 1786, d. Jan. 20, 1806, aged 20. He was a 

promising youth, and had just completed the study of medicine 

in Philadelphia. 
4-48. Samuel, b. Sept. 9, 1787, d. in Va., Dec. 11, 1845 ; m. 
4-49. Henrietta, b. Sept. 13, 1789, m. Thomas Gassaway, and d. in 

Leesburg, Va., without issue. She was many years a widow, 

a very amiable lady, and beautiful even in her old age. 

3-22. Charles Dawson (supposed son of Nicholas, 2-5), 
b. in Md., lived in Loudon Co., Va., and d. in Dearborn 
county, Indiana. It is said that he owned slaves, on account 

(>) So writes his grandson, Nicholas Dawson, Esq., of Baltimore, 1871. It 
may be surmised that Elizaheih Bayne was her husband's cousin, dau. of his father's 
sister Eleanor who m. a Bayne. See record of family of John and Rebecca Doyne 
Dawson, p. 230. 

238 T^he Dawson Family. 

of which he with his family removed to Indiana before it was 
admitted to the Union as a state, where he set his slaves free. 
He had six children : ' 

4-50. Thomas. 

4-51. John Charles. 

4-52. Elijah. 

4-53. William. 

4-54. Mary TaLOCH. 

4-55. A dau. m. Cheek. 

4-2. George Dawson (son of Nicholas, 3-2), b. March 
17, 1783, d. at Brownsville, Pa., June 19, 1871, m. Mary 
Kennedy, whom he survived some years. She " was an intellec- 
tual, as well as an excellent woman." He " was remarkable, 
not'less for his natural parts, than for the nature and extent of 
his acquirements. His historical researches extended over a 
wide field ; his memory was astonishing ; he was a brilliant and 
instructive talker." ^ They had ten children : 
5-1. Sarah, d. at Connellsville, Pa. Ashman. 
5-2. John Littleton, b. Feb. 7, 1813, d. at Friendship Hill, Fayette 

Co., Pa., Sept. 18, 1870 ; m. 
5-3. Mary Kennedy, d. unm. 
5-4. Louisa, d. Cass. 

5-5. Elizabeth, d. at Uniontown, Pa., 1868. Howell. 
5-6. Catharine Harrison, d. at Uniontown about 1864. Willson. 
5-7. George Nicholas, thrown from a horse, and killed instantly, when 

10 years old. 
5-8. Ellen, res. 1873, New York city. Cass. 
5-9. Samuel Kennedy, res. 1873, Eastport, Me. ; m. 
5-10. George Fielding, res. 1873, Connellsville, Pa. ; m. 

4-3. Hon. John Dawson (son of Nicholas, 3-2), b. in 
Virginia, July 13, 1788, m. Jan. 4, 1820, Ann Bailey, who was 
b. in Uniontown, Sept. 8, 1799, and d. in Uniontown, May 6, 
1859, ^gs'^ 60 years. Mr. Dawson, a lawyer of distinction, 
presided for some years as associate judge of the Common Pleas 
for Fayette county, and res. 1873, ^' Uniontown. They have 
had nine children, all b. at Uniontown : 

' His grandson, John W. Dawson, son of John C, was editor of the Fort 
Wayne, Ind., Times, 1854. His father had lived in Ky., near Bordentown, and re- 
moved thence into Indiana. Another grandson, Elijah Dawson, son as supposed of 
Elijah (4-52), res. at Independence, Ind , 1873. 

» From a Sketch, by Chauncey F. Black, Esq., intended to be introductory to a 
collection of Speeches of Hon. John L. Dawson. 

The Dawson Family. 239 

5-11. Ellis Bailey, b. Oct. 29, 1820, res. 1873, Uniontown ; attorney, 

5-12. Ellen Moore, b. April 13, 1826, m. Jan. 4,1848, Addison Ruby, 

and res. 1873, a widow at Uniontown. 
S-13. Emily Violet, b. Jan. 24, 1828, m. Oct. 4, 1853, Dr. William 

Sturgeon, and res. 1873, Uniontown. 
5-14. Maria, b. Jan. 21, 1832, m. Sept., 1856, Henry Baldwin, res. 

1873, Springfield, O. 
5-15. Henry Clay, b. Feb. i, 1834, m. May, 1867, Mary McCloske-j, 

res. near Hillsboro, O. ' 
5-16. Ruth Elizabeth, b. Jan. 26, 1835, m. April, 1867, A. K. John- 
son, res. near Hillsboro, O. 
5-17. Louisa Cass, b. March 8, 1836, m. Feb. 11, 1858, John M. 

Berry, res. near Lexington, Ky. 
5-18. John Nicholas, b. Dec. 6, 1839, m. Sept. 9, \%(>i,Lucy Strotber 

Evans, res. Uniontown, Pa.'^ 
5-19. Richard W., b. Feb. 25, 1841, d. at Fortress Monroe, Va., Feb. 

I. 1865.3 

4-5. William Dawson (son of John, 3-4), b. July 20, 

1778, d. near Pittsburg, Pa., Sept. 10, 1853, m. June 15, 1808, 

Ellen Dawson, b. April 12, 1782, d. Sept. 3, 1853 (dau. of 

Thomas, 4-17). They had eleven children : 

5-20. John, b. May 8, 1809, d. July 10, 1810. 

5-21. Thomas, b. June 11, 1811, res. Indiana; m. 

5-22. Harrison, b. Oct. 14, 1813, d. at Little Rock, Ark., Sept. 
8, 1844, leaving family. 

5-23. Nancy A., b. Dec. 9, 181 5, m. March 12, 1836, Samuel Steven- 
son ; both d. 

5-24. Benoni, b. Aug. 4, 1817, res. Georgetown, Beaver Co., Pa. ; m. 

5-25. Cyrus, b. Dec. 15, 1819, m. July 25, 1849, Mary A. Bruce, d. 
March 20, 1851, leaving one child. 

5-26. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 5, i82l,m. Oct. 8, 1849, Townsend. 

5-27. Catharine, b. June 14, 1823, m. May 7, 1846, Thomas 
Mackall (4-43). 

5-28. Ellen, b. Dec. 2;, 1827, m. April 8, 1865, John Mackall, son 
of Thomas, son of Benjamin (4-4;). 

5-29. William, b. Feb. 23, 1830, res. 1873, Little Rock, Ark. 

5-30. Rebecca J., b. July 9, 1832, d. April 15, 1836. 

■ Capt. Henry C. Dawson served with the 8th Regiment Pa. Reserves during the 
war J was wounded at Fredericksburg, Md. 

» Mr. John N. Dawson (5-18) forwarding the above record, states that John and 
Ann Dawson (4-3) have had 35 gr. chn., of whom 25 are living, 1873. Names 
of the gr. chn. not communicated. 

3 Capt. Richard W. Dawson served during the war, until his death in 1865. He 
was on the staff of Gen. Ames at the time of the assault on Fort Fisher, at which 
he was wounded, Jan. 15, 1865, dying at Fortress Monroe on the first of the month 

240 The Dawson Fainily. 

4-7. John Dawson (son of John, 3-4), d. in Champaign 
Co., Ohio, about 1830. He had three children : 
5-31. William C, b. in Champaign Co., 18 16, res. 1873, Petersburg, 

5-32. Mary. 
5-33. Thomas. ' 

4-17. Thomas Dawson (son of Benoni, 3-11), b. in Md., 
about 1765, emigrated with his parents to Pennsylvania in 1782, 
and settled in Beaver county, about five miles from Georgetown, 
where he d. about 1817.' He was an elder in the Presbyterian 
church. He m. Nancy Dawson (3-9 of this record), and had 
nine children : 
5-34. Benoni, d. unm. 

5-35. George, d. in Glasgow, Beaver Co., Pa. ; m. 
5-36. Nicholas, d. unm. 
5-37. Mackall, d. unm. 

5-3S. Thomas, m. Cameron, d. leaving family in Indiana. 

4-39. Henry, m. Verlinda Patterson, d. leaving family in Beaver Co., Pa. 
5-40. Ellen, b. April 12, 1782, m. William Dawson (4-5 of this 

5-41. Rebecca, lived in Beaver Co., Pa. Reed. 
5-42. Nancy, m. Samuel Stevens, and had six children. 

4-18. Benoni Dawson (son of Benoni, 3-1 1), b. in Fred- 
erick, Md.. Aug. 20, 1769, d. in Beaver, Co., Pa., Nov. 14, 1844, 
m. Nov. 15, 1792, Katherine P. D. McKennon, b. in Annapolis, 
Md., Oct. 20, I775, BeaverCo., Pa., Dec. 18, 1848. They 
lived near Georgetown. He served two terms, of six months 
each, as a frontier guard against hostile Indians. The service 
was called " standing on the station." They had nine children : 
5-43. Elizabeth, b. April 22, 1794, res. 1873, Beaver Co., Pa., unm. 
5-44. Benjamin, b. June 20, 1796, d.Oct. 4, 1838, m. Oct. 22, 18 17, 

Sarah Bayne. 
5-45. Rebecca, b. Oct. 11, 1798, d. Feb. 5, 1844, m. April 5, 1838, 

John Cristler. 
5-46. Robert, b. July 30, 1801, living 1873, m. Feb. 9, 1826, Eliza- 
beth Reed. 
5-47. James M., b. Jan. 25, 1804, d. Aug. 21, 1846, m. March 1, 

I S3 2, Matilda B. White. 
5-48. Sarah, b. Dt;c. 20, 1806, living 1873, unm. 
5-49. Ruthy, b. July 30, 1809, living 1873, m. Nov. 3, 1837, Isaac 

' " Thomas, the eldest of" Benoni's sons, has been dead over so years." G. W. D. , 

The Dawson Family. 24 1 

5-50. Mary A., b. Nov. i, 1811, living 1873, m. March 28, 1839, 

James Johnson. 
5-51. Daniel, b. May zo, 1814, res. 1873, Ohiovilie, Beaver Co., Pa., 

m. (See forward). 

4-19. George Dawson (son of Benoni, 3-1 1), m. 'Jane 
Mackall, and lived at the mill built by his father on Mill creek, 
Beaver Co., Pa. " He d. at about 50, leaving eleven children 
all nowd. but one son, George, and one dau., Elizabeth."' The 
names of only five children communicated : 
5-52. Robert. 
S-53. Benjamin. 

5-54. George, res. 1873, Georgetown, Beaver Co., Pa. 
5-55. Benoni. 
5-56. Elizabeth, b. April 25, 1820, m. Benoni Dawson (5-24). 

4-20. Mackall Dawson (son of Benoni, 3-1 1), lived and 
d. in Beaver Co., Pa., near Georgetown. He had : 
5-57. Nicholas, m. 
5-58. Thomas, m. 
5-59. Benoni, m. 

S-60. Abrilla, res. Steubenville, O. Hill. 
5-61. Rebecca, m. Amos Dawson, son of Benjamin (4-28). 
5-62. Susan. Croft. 
5-63. Nancy, d. unm. 

4-21". Nicholas Dawson, farmer (son of Benoni, 3-1 1), 
b. in Md., 1772, d. near Calcutta, O., 1855, aged 83 years. 
In 1793 '^"'^ '94»he " stood on the station" six months in each 
year, as a part of the frontier guard of southwestern Pennsylvania 
against hostile Indians. At an early day he joined the Presby- 
terian church, of which he was an elder. He was a life-mem- 
ber of the American Bible Society, a man of liberal charities, 
and earnest practical Christianity. He m. Rachel Moore, b. 
Aug. 31, 1777 (4-8 of this record). Shed, near Calcutta, July 
19, 1846, aged 68 years. They had six sons and six daus., 
of whom only two or three survive : 
5-64. Mackall, d. in Adams Co., O. ; m. 

5-65. Augustine M., b. Feb. 19, 1800, res. 1873, Calcutta, O. ; m. 
5-66. Benoni, d. near Calcutta, O., aged 71 ; ot. 
S-67. William, d. in Pittsburg, Pa., Dec, 1872 ; m. 
5-68. George A., b. Nov. 3, 1817, res. 1873, near Belair, 111. ; m. 
5-69. Nicholas, d. aged about 35 ; unm. 

'A. M. Dawson, Calcutta, O., 1873. 


242 The Dawson Fa?fi{ly. 

5-70. Verlinda, m. Thomas Creighton, lived in Jackson Co., Ohio, 

where both d. ; no account of family. 
5-71. Narcissa Bever, b. Feb. 11, 1806, m. George Dawson, son of 

Benjamin (4-28). 
5-72. Barbara Jones, d. in Medina Co., O., w. of James Armstrong. 

(See forward). 
5-73. Rebecca, b. Feb. 7, 1810, m. Thomas Creighton, ot/ the above 

named. (See forward). 
5-74. Rachel, res. near Calcutta, O., w. of John Armstrong. (See 

5-75. Elizabeth, d. in infancy. 

4-23. Mary Davuson (dau. of Benoni, 3-11), m. James 
Blackmore ; lived and d. near Smith's Ferry, Beaver Co., Pa. 
Four children : 
5—76. Samuel ; m. 
5—77. Thomas ; m. 
5-78. Betsey, m. Samuel Mackall. 
5-79. Rebecca, m. James Fitz Simmons. (See forward). 

4-24. Elizabeth Dawson (dau. of Benoni, 3-1 1), m. 
Charles Blackmore ; lived in Brooke Co., Va., now Han- 
cock Co., W. Va., buried at Georgetown, Pa. Three children : 

5-80. Thomas, m. Nancy Dazvson, dau. of Benjamin (4-28). Both d., 

no issue. 
5-81. Mary, m. George Dawson (5-35, of this record). See forward, 

5-82. Benoni, b. June 29, 1793, m. Eleanor Mackall (4-44 of this 
record). See forward, 5-82. 

4-26. Nancy Brooks Dawson (dau. of Benoni, 3-ri), m. 
John Bever, of Beaver Co., Pa. ; a man of prominence in that 
part of the state. They had one child : 

5-83. Myrtilla, m. James L. Bowman, of Brownsville, Fa., several 
children, all of whom, with parents, are dead. 

4-27. John L. Dawson (son of Benoni, 3-1 1), early moved 
to central Ohio, and d. on his farm near Wooster, in that state. 
He m. Alary Cotton, who is also dead. They had : 
5-84. Benoni, m. and res. Holmes Co., O. 
5-85. John L., m. and res. Holmes Co., O. (Millersburg). 
5-86. Nicholas, m. and res. Holmes Co., O. 
5-87. James, m. and d. 

5-88. Betsey, m. Vulgamot, res. Holmes Co., O. 

5-89. Rebecca, m. . 

5-90. Millie, m . 

5-91. Rachel, m. Thomas Ewing, res. Holmes Co., O. 

The D WW son Family. 243 

4-28. Benjamin Dawson (son of Benoni, 3-1 1), was a 
ferry master on the Ohio river, and lived in Beaver Co., Pa., 
where he d. aged about 50. He m. Eli-zabeth Wilkinson^ who 
lived to see her grand daughter's grand children. (Children of 
John and Mary E. Blackmore, 7-40 of this record). They 
had eleven children ; 
5-92. Amos, res. Beaver Co., Pa. ; m. 
5-93. Joshua Wilkinson, d. in Greene Co., Ind. ; m. 
5-94. George, b. July 12, 1804, d. near Calcutta, O., Aug. 9, 1 866 ; m. 
5-95. John Low, m. Phebe Dix ; lives in Steuben Co., Ind. 
5-96. Nancy, m. Thomas Blackmore (5-80, of this record). Both d., 

no issue. 
5-97. Catharine, m. Dr. John Dixon, res. Athens Co., O., two daus., 

5-98. Olivia, d. in Wellsburg, W. Va. Harvey. 
5-99. Rebecca, m. Peter Fisher, res. Cameron, Mo. (See forward). 
5-100. Eliza, m. Michael Fisher, res. near Calcutta, O. (See forward). 
5-101. Amassa, m. Henry Fisher, d. She res. near Calcutta. (See 

5-102'. Myrtilla, res. Ohioville, Pa. Scroggs. 

4-31. James M. Dawson (son of Nicholas L., 3-15), b. 
1774, d. near Dawsonville, 1866, in his gad year. He lived 
with his gr. father (Thomas Dawson, 2-4) at the time of the 
latter's death in 1800, and derived from him the information 
chiefly relied on as the true account of the early history of this 
family. He had : 
5-103. Lawrence A., res. 1854, Rockville, Md. ; lawyer. 

4-32. William C. Dawson (son of Robert D., 3-17), b. 
in Montgomery Co., Md., 1784, removed to Logan county, 
Ky., 1810, and d. at Russellville, in that county, about 1848 or 
1849, farmer. He m. in Maryland, 1809, Miss Vorse (or Firse) 
of Montgomery county. She d. in Logan Co., Ky., 1864, 
aged 76. They had six children : 

5-104. Caleb, m. 1830, res. near Russellville, Ky. 

5-105. Benoni, m. 1843, Miss Hogan, d. i86z. 

5-106. George, twin brother of Benoni, m. 1854, Miss Sherwood, res. 

near Russellville. 
5-107. Wilhani, m. 1849, Miss Price, res. near Russellville. 
5-108. Robert, m. 1840, Miss Darby, d. 1871, near Russellville. 
5-109. John, m. 1856, Miss Mitligan, res. near Russellville. 

4-34. Verlinda H. Dawson (dau. of Robert D., 3-17), m. 
Daniel Allnutt, removed to Ky., in 181 6, thence to Mo. 

244 ^^^^ Dawso?i Family. 

about 1861, where shed, a few years later. She had three 
children, who res. 187 1, at Chillicothe, Livingston Co., Mo. 
5-1 10. Robert. 
5-1 1 1. John. 
5-1 12. Sarah. 

4-36. Stephen N. Dawson, b. in Montgomery Co., Md., 
Aug. 10, 1788 (son of Robert D., 3-17), served in the war of 
1812, andwas in the battle of Bladensburg. He removed to 
Logan county, Ky., 1816, and thence in 1843, ^° Montgomery 
county, Tenn., where he d. Dec. 23, 1855, ^g^d about 67 ; 
was a large farmer, and a man of wealth and influence. He m. 
in Maryland, 1815, Ann N. White^ who was b. Nov. 20, 1791, 
and d. Feb. 10, 1864, dau. of Stephen and Ann White, of 
Montgomery Co., Md. They had nine children, all b. in 
Logan county, Ky. : 
5-1 13. Mar)-, b. April 1, 1819, res. 1873, near Russellville, Ky. 


5-1 14. Thomas J., b. Jan. 14, 1821, res. near Russellville ; m. 

5-1 15. Stephen William, b. Sept. 5, 1822, res. 1873, Clarksville, 

Tenn. ; m. 
5-116. Amanda, b. Aug. 11, 1825, d. 1857, Clarksville ; unm. 
5-117. Julia, b. May 5, 1827, res. 1873, Clarksville. Rice. 
5-118. Margaret, b. Jan. 3, 1830, res. Clarksville ; unm. 
5-119. Henry Clay, b. Nov. 22, 1833, res. Clarksville ; unm. 
5-120. Myrtilk, b. July 29, 1835, d. in Montgomery Co., Tenn., 

1854; unm. 
5-121. Sally, b. Feb. 1, 1837, res. Graves Co., Ky. Hester. 

4-37. Robert D. Dawson, b. in Montgomery Co., Md., 
1790 (son of Robert D., 3-17), removed to Logan Co., Ky., 
1812, and thence to New Madrid, Mo., 1814, where he d. 
about 1842, aged 52 years. He was a physician, and became 
a prominent politican ; was a member of the convention that 
formed the first state constitution of Missouri, and subsequently 
served as a state senator for many years. He m. in Missouri, 
Miss IValker, dau. of John Walker, Esq., of New Madrid, 
where she d. 1854, aged 50 years. They had six children, all 
b. at New Madrid : 

5-122. Mary, m. Augustin. 

5-123. Tliomas, m. Miss Lnforge, res. New Madrid. 
5-124. Parmelia, m. Dr. Watson, res. New Madrid. 

5-125. Sarah, m. Watson, res. New Madrid. 

5-126. Laura, m. Laforge, res. New Madrid. 

5-127. Washington, m. Miss Lavalle, and d. at New Madrid, 1863. 

'The Dawson Family. 245 

4-43. Thomas Mackall (son of Benjamin and Rebecca 
Dawson Mackall 3-19), m. May 7, 1846, Catharine Dawson 
(5-27 of this record), b. June 14, 1823, in Beaver Co., Pa. 
They had : 

5-128. Myrtilla, m. Samuel Blackmore (son of Benoni, 5-81 of this 

4-45. Benjamin Mackall (son of Benjamin and Rebecca 
Dawson Mackall, 3-19), had sons: 
5-129. S.-imuel ; m. 
5-130. James ; vt. 
5-131. Thomas ; m. ' 

4-48. Samuel Dawson (son of Nicholas, 3-21), the only 
child of his father who had issue, was b. in Frederick county, 
Md., Sept. 9, 1787. He was, like his father, a magistrate of 
that county, but shortly after the war of 1 8 1 2- 1 5, in which he took 
part as captain of militia, participating in the battles of North 
Point and Bladensburg, he moved to Virginia. It is said of 
him that he possessed an exceedingly pleasing manner, being 
affable, kind and charitable in a remarkable degree.' He lived 
on a farm in Loudon county, Va., not far from Point of Rocks, 
Md., and twelve miles below Harper's Ferry. He d. Dec. 11, 
1845, his first two children being then grown, and his other six 
young. Hem. ist, about i8iq, Jnn Mason (diu. of Thompson 
Mason, and grand dau. of George Mason, author of the Va. 
Bill of Rights). They had two children : 
5-132. Eugenie. - 
5-133. Mason.'' 

Mr. Dawson m. 2d, March 20, 1834, Sarah J. Bayne, his 
first cousin (dau. of Colman Bayne, Esq., of Accomac county, 
Va.). They had six children : 

' " He was the best man of the name I have ever known or heard of. It is 
grateful to the feelings of his children, to hear his name, even at this distance of 
time, by the lowly, as well as well as by those in high station, mentioned in terms 
of commendation." N. D. (5-134), 1871. 

^ She m. a Mr. Hough, and resided in Morehouse Parish, La. She lost her 
husband and property during the civil war, and returned, directly after the close of 
hostilities, to Lecsburg, Va., with her three minor children — two sons and a dau. 

3 He moved, after his father's death, to Morehouse Parish, La., and was a pros- 
perous planter there until the commencement of the civil war, in which he took 
part as a private, and d. in the service of his state from fever, leaving a widow, and 
one child, a dau. 

246 'The Dawson Family. 

5-134. Nicholas.' 

5-135. Charles G., m. and res. 1871, in Atlantic City, Cass Co., Iowa, 

a merchant. 
5-136. Arthur, merchant, res. 1871, Leesburg, Loudon Co., Va ; unm. 
5-137. Elizabeth H., m. Richard H. Ayres, Accomac Co., Va. ; one 

child, a daughter. 
5-138. M. Henrietta, res. 1871, Leesburg, Va. ; unm. 
5-139. Roger T., m. 1870, Mattie Chamblin, of Leesburg, Va., res. 

1872, Point of Rocks, Md. ; merchant. 

5-1. Sarah Dawson (dau. of George, 4-2), m. George 
Ashman. They resided at Contiellsville, Fayette Co., Pa., 
where both d. They had three children : 
6-1. Kate F., res. 1873, Connellsville ; unm. 
6-2. Louisa, m. D. H. Veech, res. Pittsburg, Pa. 
6-3. George Dawson, res. Connellsville. 

5-2. Hon. John Littleton Dawson = (son of George 4-2), 
was b. at Uniontown, Fayette county. Pa., Feb. 7, 181^. His 
father removed to Brownsville during his infancy. He received 
a liberal education, pursuing his studies successively at Jefferson 
College, Pa., Kenyon College, Ohio, and Washington College, 
Pa., receiving his degree at the latter. While at these institu- 
tions he applied himself with special care to the studies and arts 
which have relation to public speaking. At Kenyon he was the 
contemporary of Judge David Davis, now of the Supreme Court 
of the United States, and of the late Edwin M. Stanton, with 
both of whom, though divided from them In political sentiment, 
he ever maintained relations of personal friendship. Endowed 
by nature with abilities of a high order, with wit, humor and 
geniality in large degree, with an imposing person, graceful and 
dignified manners, a voice of great power and melody, an energy 
of character which never flagged, and a flow of spirits which 
never ebbed, Mr. Dawson seemed born for public life, and 
destined to a distinguished career. 

He read law in Uniontown, under the direction of his uncle, 
the Hon. John Dawson, and was admitted to the bar in 1836. 
In 1838 he was appointed by Governor Porter, Deputy Attorney 

' He entered the army of Virginia, and served that state during the war against the 
Union. He removed to Baltimore in 1869, where he is a merchant, and unm. 

" For this sketch the compiler has drawn from several newspaper notices of Mr. 
Dawson, published within a few days after his death, using the same language when 
convenient. He is especially indebted to the Pittsburg "oMy Pait, the Uniontown 
Gcniui of Liberty, the Onialia Dciily HcraU and the Philadelphia D^i/y Press. 


.' A-zC ^/Ja^ 


. _, -^ , '.'ity, Cass Co., Iowa, 

5_,^6. A , "iJon Co., Va ; mm. 

r_,;- omac Co., Va. ; one 

1 Leesburg, Va., res. 

4.-2), m. George 
Fayette Co., Pa., 

5-:i , .1 )N ^ (son of George 4-2), 

wns h. , Pa., Feb. 7, iSiJ. His 

j, his infancy. He received 

successively at Jefferson 

. Did VVashington College, 

While at these institu- 

.e to the studies and arts~ 

At Kenyon he was the 

!^'W of the Supreme Court 

Edwin M. Stanton, with 

iom them in political sentiment, 

frcrsonal friendship. Endowed 

■■-. A ;th wit, humor and 

]"-rson, graceful and 

. :.:A melody, an energy 

A flow of spirits which 

orn for public life, and 

he direction of his uncle, 
;itted to the bar in 1836-. 
: Porter, Deputy Attorney 

i'luj^itidpuu Daily Fit 




'The Daivson Family. 247 

General for Fayette county, and in 1845, by appointment of 
President Polk, he became United States Attorney for the 
Western District of Pennsylvania. This position he filled with 
marked ability until 1849. ^" '^4^ ^^ was the candidate of 
the democratic party for Congress in the district then composed 
of Fayette, Green and Somerset counties, but was defeated. 
He was renominated in 1850, and after a spirited canvass, elected 
on the same ticket a representative from this district to the thirty- 
second Congress. He was instantly recognized as a powerful 
accession to the democratic side of the house, and took a high 
place among the leaders of that party. In 1852 he was again 
nominated and elected by a district composed of Fayette, Wash- 
ington and Greene counties. During the latter term he served 
as chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, which then had 
charge of a variety of business now divided between the com- 
mittees on Agriculture, Public Lands, and Pacific Railroads. 
After a few years of voluntary retirement from public life, he 
was elected to Congress for a third term, from Fayette, West- 
moreland and Indiana counties, in 1862, and reelected from the 
same district in 1864. At the expiration of this term he de- 
clined another nomination. He was a frequent member of the 
state and national conventions of his party; a delegate to the 
conventions which nominated Mr. Polk for the presidency in 
1844, Mr. Cass in 1848, Mr. Pierce in 1852, and of the Cin- 
cinnati convention of 1856, at which latter he made the speech, 
acknowledging, on behalf of Pennsylvania, the nomination of 
Mr. Buchanan for the presidency. He was also a member of 
the Charleston convention of i860, and the New York conven- 
tion of 1868. He was appointed governor of Kansas, by Presi- 
dent Pierce, in 1855, but his strong local and home attachments 
induced him to decline the office, though it was urgently pressed 
upon him in the belief that he might be instrumental of great 
good in tranquilizing that disturbed territory. In 1868 his 
name was sent to the senate by President Johnson for confirma- 
tion as minister to Russia, and although it was well known that 
he had not sought the place and did not desire it, with such 
general respect and favor was he regarded that he failed of con- 
firmation by only two votes in a senate composed almost entirely 
of political opponents. 

248 The Dawson Family. 

During the administration of President Pierce, and soon after 
his entrance into Congress, Mr. Dawson was distinguished for 
bringing forward the Homestead bill, which had been previously 
defeated; and with the addition of a number of important pro- 
visions prepared by himself, pressing it, with rare force, eloquence 
and parliamentary tact, almost to a successful result. Though 
it failed for the time, he had the gratification of seeing it sub- 
sequently revived and enacted into a law. By this law it was 
sought to preserve the public domain for the use of actual settlers, 
and to furnish homes for all who desired them in the fertile 
plains and valleys of the Great West. Its wisdom is daily ex- 
emplified in the growing wealth and influence of the populous 
trans-Mississippi states that contribute so lavishly to the material 
wealth and prosperity of the country.' 

Mr. Dawson was equally conspicuous for his faithful and 
persistent opposition to every scheme whereby it was sought to 
give the control of large bodies of the public lands to monopolists 
and speculators. He was, indeed, the stern and unyielding op- 
ponent of every form and grade of corruption and legislative 
extravagance, and to his efforts the country is indebted for many 
of the best laws that mark the national legislation of his time. 

As a public man he left an unsullied record, which will 
always stand as a memorial of his unbending fidelity and incor- 
ruptible integrity, and as a private citizen his character was without 
a blemish.- In the family circle it shone especially bright. He 

■ " To the original Homestead bill Mr. Dawson drafted some important amend- 
ments, and by his intense zeal and unwearied efforts it was twice passed through the 
House of Representatives in the form in which it came from his committee. It was 
at length returned by the Senate with amendments which practically defeated the 
whole object of the bill, and left Mr. Dawson no alternative but to report his original 
bill to the House as the only one he could ever approve. He did so, and finding his 
term of public service drawing to a close, left this great measure to the care of his 
friends and associates, with a vindication of its goodness and wisdom which no man 
ventured to answer, and which time has converted into prophecy. But his interest 
in the success of his policy did not terminate with his official trust. On the contrary, 
his influence in its favor, although exerted from a private station, was sensibly felt 
throughout the whole struggle which preceded its final establishment. The revolution 
of a few years brought him that sort of triumph which statesmen prize above all 
others. He saw his favorite measure grow steadily in public esteem until, substantially 
as drafted by his own hand, it was enacted by a Congress controlled by his political 
opponents, signed by a President for whom he had not voted, and incorporated 
among the laws of his country almost as sacred and as highly cherished as the Con- 
stitution itself." From a S,kctch by Chauncey F. Black, Esq., intended to be intro- 
ductory to a collection of Mr. Dawson's Speeches. 

" "The sagacityof his judgment upon men, and his own social fidelity, were proved 
by the surest of all tests. With him time and trials deepened every attachment of his 

T^he Dawson Family. 249 

was devotedly attached to his home, and beloved by his family. 
He was familiar with all the history and traditions of the Monon- 
gahela valley, and felt a pleasure in recounting the local inci- 
dents of by-gone years. He was also warmly attached to his 
personal and political friends, and nothing gave him more 
gratification than seeing them at his own house. His hospitality 
was unbounded, and it was dispensed in a manner so entirely 
void of ostentation as to render all in his presence as free from 
restraint as if they were sitting down around their own firesides. 

own heart, and intensified the admiration of those who possessed his confidence. If 
any man ever lived a life of scrupulous integrity, it was he. No temptation could 
move him one hair's breadth from his steadfast purpose to do justice and execute 
faithfully the trusts confided to him. He was not without that ' last infirmity of 
noble minds,' the ambition which seeks to deserve the confidence of his fellow 
men, and to do them all the good in his power. But he never sought place for his 
own sake, nor used office for his personal pleasure or profit. He served the people 
of his district for eight years in Congress, because he believed it his duty to do soj 
but he declined to be Secretary of the Commonwealth when the office was pressed upon 
him by the Governor, and refused the Governorship of Kansas when the President solic- 
ited him to take it. His character, as a public man, was formed upon the models which 
he found in the history of other times than these. We do not liken him to Cato, 
for he was a far better man than Cato, without one particle of his pretentious austerity. 
Indeed it was not the doubtful morality of Plutarcli's heroes which excited his admi- 
ration : he drew the inspiration of his public life from the great statesmen of the 
Virginia school, who led the councils of the nation in the golden age of this republic. 
In the general cast of his mind, in his ardent love for the pure pleasures of country 
life and agricultural employment, in his keen sense of justice, his lofty scorn of 
Wrong and his unmitigated contempt of whatever was base or false or hypocritical, 
in his profuse hospitality, in his devoted attachment to his friends, of the humblest 
as well as the highest classes, in his constant fidelity to his political convictions, in 
the immovable steadfastness of his honesty which made him set his face like a Hint 
against all schemes of corruption in Congress, in all these respects, he bore a striking 
resemblance to Alexander Macon and John Taylor of Carolina. 

" This is not the place to dilate upon Mr. Dawson's public services. The ardor, 
energy, and ability with which he pressed and carried the measures which he believed 
to be necessary for the general good, are seen in his speeches, and the other memorials 
of his work. But it is due to his memory that we should mention one or two facts 
which are not yet on any record. When Mr. Dawson was a private citizen (in 
1857 or 1858) a matter in which he was largely interested, involving, indeed, a con- 
siderable part of his fortune, was referred to a cabinet officer who was his devoted 
personal as well as political friend, and with whom he was in habits of daily inter- 
course. He never once alluded to the subject, or made known the fact of his interest, 
for the reason, that, as it was a question of justice and law, the decision ought not to be 
influenced by personal considerations of any kind. Afterwards, when a measure in 
which he was very remotely and indirectly interested came before the Congress of 
which he was a member, he neither spoke nor voted for it, but quietly absented him- 
self without making the slightest demonstration, or giving any reason for his conduct, 
or claiming any merit whatever. These incidents show his scrupulous and delicate 
sense of official propriety, and are given, because they illustrate the principles upon 
which he habitually acted, and because they happen to be within the special knowledge 
of the writer." * * * * 

Hon. Jeremiah S. Black, in the Pittsburg Daily Gazctit, Sept. 17, 1870. 


250 The Dawson Family. 

He was a man of liberal public spirit, and was among the 
foremost in the promotion of measures for the development of 
the material resources of the country. He held the position of 
director of the Pittsburg, Fort Wayne and Chicago Rail Road, 
and was actively engaged in the development of the mineral in- 
terests of the Lake Superior region. In business affairs he was 
equally remarkable as in public life for careful preparation and 
far seeing wisdom, and his efforts were crowned with abundant 
success. And in business, as in politics, his honor and integrity 
were never called in question, in the hottest controversies, with 
the bitterest foes." 

'At the risk of occupying undue space (for a work of this character), the compiler 
cannot refrain from quoting the following admirable description, by Chauncey F. Black, 
Esq., of one Mr. Dawson's political speeches. It is from a Sketch (before noticed) 
prepared to accompany a volume of Mr. Dawson's speeches, about to be published. 
The compiler's acknowledgments are due to Mr. Black for his courtesy in permitting 
such use to be made of his MS. : 

" It was shortly after the close of the civil war, and toward the termination of 
Mr. Dawson's life, that the writer saw him stand in the midst of a little assemblage 
of his country neighbors, and deliver an address of most singular and fascinating 
eloquence. The times were full of peril to the free institutions of the country ; the 
evil passions excited by war had not yet subsided, and the various limits of Federal 
power were still in debate. Under these circumstances the people of Mr. Dawson's 
neighborhood had assembled to the number of a hundred and fifty or two hundred, 
in the open street of a little village on the banks of the Monongahela. The chair- 
man of this rustic gathering had taken his seat on a porch elevated a foot or two 
above the roadway, deposited his hat, with a red handcherchief visible above the rim, 
conspicuously near his feet, and was proceeding with the business of the day much as 
if he was presiding at his own fireside. Opposite him, and at the farther side of the 
road, lay a log sheltered from the meridian sun by the ample foliage of an apple tree. 
On this log, amidst a group of the elder farmers, sat Mr. Dawson, in a posture of 
courteous attention, but seeing little, for he was then almost blind, and in the follow- 
ing year was obliged to suffer an operation for cataract. He had not come to speak, 
and, refusing to be persuaded, had taken this retired position, by way of intimation 
that importunities would be of no avail. The several addresses were — with one 
exception — excellent after their kind — indeed, far above the average of political 
harangues — but at each concluding sentence an agitating murmur ran through the 
little assembly, accompanied by earnest but respectful appeals to Mr. Dawson to break 
his unaccustomed silence. At length he arose, slowly, but with a kind of grace in 
singular harmony with the occasion, and leaning heavily with one hand upon a rude 
cane, uttered a few simple but impressive words, which seemed less like the exordium 
of a regular address, than the solemn admonition of one neighbor to another upon a 
subject of deep and mutual concern. 

" Then came a momentary and appropriate pause, while the more aged and sedate 
secured places beneath the tree, and all drawing as near as possible leaned forward 
in attitudes of fixed attention. It was then that, to the eye of at least one of his au- 
ditors, he presented a figure inexpressibly majestic and venerable. 

" The simplicity and dignity of his manner ; the stateliness of his form, erect and 
firm as one of the oaks that grew in his own forest ; his serene and noble countenance ; 
his superb head, covered with an abundance of iron-grey locks ; his dark eye, imperial 
even in its infirmity, but betraying its weakness by a slight wandering as if in search 
of the familiar light ; made the whole spectacle at once alfecting and sublime. The 
•ones of his voice, which at first had been low and sweet, became gradually high and 

The Dawson Family. 25 1 

He was one of the sufferers from the mysterious sickness 
which followed the public dinner at the National Hotel in 
Washington at the time of the inauguration of President 
Buchanan. Mr. Dawson's life was for a long time despaired 
of, but his powerful physical organization finally triumphed, 
although it is probable he never wholly recovered from the effects 
of the subtle poison to which was attributed the death of so 
many well known men, or the melancholy impairment of their 
powers which left them only a " lingering life." 

He died at his elegant estate called Friendship Hill (the 
former home of Albert Gallatin), on the Monongahela river, 
near Geneva, on the i8th September, 1870, and on the 21st 
his remains were buried, as he had requested, in the grounds of 
the Episcopal church at Brownsville, a few miles distant. 

" At the dawn of light a concourse of friends and neighbors 
gathered in the halls of the old mansion to participate in the 
simple but impressive ceremonies that attended the removal of 
the body from the home of the family to the steamer which lay 

sonorous. He passed rapidly over some of the features of the late war, the melancholy 
strife of brethren in which victory was only less disastrous than defeat, the waste of 
treasure, the flow of blood, the desolation of homes, the torn bosoms and broken 
hearts, which marked the passage of that sad and needless carnage. With a few 
rapid touches he displayed in bold outlines the natural bonds of union between the 
states, the mutual dependence of interests, and the matchless power and glory which 
might be anticipated from their harmonious development. 

" These were material considerations which reasonable men might not overlook. 
But it was when he spoke of the divine origin of mercy, and depicted the broken 
fortunes, the stricken hearts, the humbled pride, and the pure anguish of the van- 
quislied, that he produced the strongest and most sensible effects. 

**Then, availing himself of the better feelings of men awakened by this pathetic 
appeal, he told them how, in all times, the Almighty had punished the diabolical 
passion of revenge when indulged by one community against another. Those states 
which armed againstthe liberties of another, were in danger of losing their own: that 
people, which, tempted by the love of conquest or power, sought to trample down 
constitutional freedom in one section of the country, must be content to see it sacri- 
ficed in all. With startling force and precision, he traced this retributive process in 
the recent history of the United States, whereby a government which but lately was 
popular had now become imperial, and rights which had ever been held sacred 
were surrendered in rapid and fatal succession, the freedom of elections, the writ of 
habeas corpus, trial by jury, the sanctity of home and correspondence, with many 
others essential to the existence of a free state. And here, the tones of his voice, 
while even more distinct and penetrating than before, were low and solemn, as of 
one who delivers a message of strange and awful import. Concluding with an ani- 
mated, but kindly appeal to the generation before him to preserve unimpaired the 
heritage which their fathers had kept for them, Mr. Dawson, in silence profound 
and almost oppressive, resumed his seat on the log near which he had stood. And 
if in all that stream of marvellous elocution there had been nothing else to be remem- 
bered, every listener would have carried away in his heart the lingering echoes of 
that voice, of which the compass and melody were surpassing among men.** 

252 The Dawson Family. 

in waiting to carry it to its last resting place. Between Geneva 
and Brownsville the funeral steamer was met by another which 
transferred to it sympathizing friends from many distant parts. 
At Brownsville, after a brief interval, during which many that 
knew and honored him in life looked for the last time on the 
features of the dead, the remains were carried to the church, 
and there, in presence of a numerous and deeply affected throng, 
were committed to the earth, according to the awful and 
beautiful solemnities appointed by the Church. Mr. Dawson 
sleeps among the nearest of his kindred, close to his mother, and 
closer to his child." ' 

Mr. Dawson m. Oct. 20, 1836, Mary Clarke, dau. of 
Robert and Sar-ah Whaley Clarke, of Brownsville. She sur- 
vives him. They had four children, all b. at Brownsville : 
6-4. Sarah Kennedy, b. Sept., 1838, res. 1873, Pittsburg, Pa. Speer. 
6-5. Louisa Cass, b. Oct. 4, 1839, res. 1873, Pittsburg. Patterson. 
6-6. Mary Clarke, b. June 13, 1842, res. 1873, York, Pa. Black. 
6—7. George Littleton, b. March 29, 1846, d. at Morgantown, Va., 
while attending school, Oct. 17, i860. 

5-4. Louisa Dawson (dau. of George, 4-2), m. Gen. Geo. 
W. Cass,= of Pittsburg, Pa. She d. leaving one dau. : 
6-8. Sophia Lord, m. Frank N. Hutchinson, and res. 1873, at Sewickly, 
Beaver Co., Pa. 

Gen. Cass m. 2d : 

5-8. Ellen Dawson (youngest daughter of George, 4-2). 
They res. 1873, ''^ New York city. 

5-5. Eli'z.aheth Dawson (daughter of George, 4-2), d. 1868, 
w. of Alfred Howell, Esq., a lawyer of distinction, residing, 
1873, ^^ Uniontown, Pa. Six children: 
6-9. Mary Kennedy. 
6-10. Frances. 
6-11. Ellen Cass. 
6-12. George Dawson. 
6-13. Benjamin Betterton. 
6-14. Catharine Wilson. 

5-6. Catharine Harrison Dawson (daughter of George, 4-2), 

* From a memorial volume, privately printed. 

' Son of George W. Cass, who d. at Dresden, Ohio, Aug. 6, 1873, in his gjd 
year; for 73 years a resident of Ohio ; brother of Gen. Lewis Cass, of Michigan, and 
son of Major Jonathan Cass, of whose family he was the last ! 

The Dawson Family. 253 

d. at Uniontown, about 1864, m. Hon. A. Evans Willson. 
He res. 1873, ^^ Uniontown, judge of the district court of 
Fayette county. Three children : 
6-15. Eliza Evans. 
6-16. Catharine Dawson. 
6-17. Mary Kennedy. 

5-9. Gen. Samuel Kennedy Dawson (son of George, 
4-2),' m. Jeannette Weston^ and res. 1873, ^"^ Eastport, Me. 
Two children : 
6-18. Jeannette. 
6-19. Mary Kennedy. 

5-10. George Fielding Dawson (son of George, 4-2), 
m. Mary Patterson, dau. of Alfred Patterson (Pres. of the Bank 
of Commerce, Pittsburg) and w. Caroline Whiteley. They res. 
1873, at Connellsvilie, Fayette Co., Pa. He is of the firm of 
Dawson & Bailey, proprietors of the locomotive works at that 
place. Four children : 
6-zo. Alfred Russell, b. Oct., i860. 
6-21. Caroline Whiteley. 
6-22. Mary Kennedy. 
6-23. Elsie Patterson. 

5-21. Thomas Dawson, b. June 11, 181 1 (son of Wil- 
liam, 4-5), m. Rebecca Mackall^ dau. of Samuel (5-129). They 
reside in Indiana. Children : 

6-24. Harrison, m. Mackall. 

6-25. Benjamin, unm. 

6-26. William, unm. 

6-27. Thomas, d. 

6-28. Catharine, m. Samuel Pugh. 

5-24. Benoni Dawson, b. Aug. 4, 181 7 (son of William, 
4-5), m. Sept. 4, 1842, Elizabeth Dawson, b. April 25, 1820 
(dau. of George, 4-19). They res. 1873, at Georgetown, 
Beaver Co., Pa. Five children, all b. at Georgetown : 

■ "Cadet, 1835 ; second lieut. 1st artillery, July i, 1839; first lieut., June, 1846; 
brevetted captain, for gallant and meritorious conduct in battle of Ccrro Gordo (April 
18, 1847^ July, 1848 ; regimental quartermaster, April, 1848; captain, M.irch, 1853 ; 
distinguished in conflict with large force of Seminoles, in Big Cypress, Fla., April, 
1856; major. May 14, 1861 ; lieut. col., July i, 1863 ; colonel, July 28, 1866." — 
Gardner's Arm;t Dictionary. He retired from the army in 1873, holding at the time 
the rank of brigadier general. 

254 '^^^^ Daivson Family. 

6-29. Ellen, b. June 9, 1843, m. James Kinsey, Jan. 10, 1867, and 

res. 1873, at Georgetown. 
6-30. George, b. Sept. 22, 1844, res. Georgetown ; m. 
6-31. Harrison, b. May II, 1846, res. Georgetown ; m. 
6-32. Myrtilla J., b. Aug. 27, 1848, m. March 7, 1868, Clifford 

Cross : res. Georgetown. 
6-33. William H., b. April 24, 1852, d. March 26, 1853. 

5-31. William C. Dawson (son of John, 4-7), b. in 
Champaign Co., Ohio, 1816, m. in same county, 1853, harness 
maker, res. 1873, in Petersburg, 111. Two children:' 
6-34. Mary Alice. 
6-35. George D. Prentice. 

5-35. George Dawson (son of Thomas, 4-17), m. Mary 
Blackmore [s-^i of this record). They lived at Glasgow, Beaver 
Co., Pa., where he d. She is stillliving, 1873 ; seven children : 
6-36. Benoni, m. ist, Cynthia Dawion, dau. of Amos (5-92 of this re- 
cord). 2d, Jnn E. Johnson. Lived near Glasgow, Pa. No 
issue of either marriage. 
6-37. James, lived at Glasgow; m. 

6-38. Nicholas, m. Margaret Wright ; res. near Austin, Texas. 
6-39. George, unm. 
6-40. William, res. Glasgow ; m. 
6-41. Hawkins, d. in Glasgow ; m. 
6-42. Nancy, m. Thomas Dawson (5-58 of this record). 

5-41. Rebecca Dawson (dau. of Thomas, 4-17), m. Robert 
Reed. Two children : 
6-43. John, drowned. 
6-44. Benoni, m. , res. Beaver Co., Pa. 

5-51. Capt. Daniel Dawson (son of Benoni, 4-18), m. 
Mary Ann Blackmore, dau. of Samuel (5-76 of this record). 
She d. leaving four children : 
6-4;. Samuel, m. Hattie Anderson. 
6-46. John, unm. 
6-47. Kate, m. Harry Boyd. 
6-48. Ida, unm. 

5-57. Nicholas Dawson (son of Mackall, 4-20), m. 
Eli%a Harvey. Seven children : 

■ To Mr. Dawson the compiler is indebted for some account of the descendants of 
John Dawson, 3-4 of this record, in the line of his son John, 4-7. Information 
from other sources has enabled the compiler to determine the place belonging to these 
families in this record. 

'The Dawson Family. 255 

6-49. Harvey, m. El'rza Elliott ; res. near Alleghany city. Pa. ; one ch. 

6-50. George W., m. Miss Reed ; res. Beaver, Pa. ; several children. 

6-5 1. Amos, unm. 

6-52. Myrtilla, m. Laughlin Elliott ; ; children. 

6-53. Mary, m. W. B. Allen ; res. Cleveland, O. ; one child. 

6-54. Louisa, m. Dr. Langfitt, res. Alleghany city. Pa. ; one child. 

6-55. Abrilla, unm. 

5-58. Thomas Dawson (son of Mackall, 4-20), m. ist, 
Nancy Dawson, dau. of George (5-35 of this record). She d. 
leaving three children : 

6-56. George, m. Eliza Duncan ; res. Ohioville, Pa. ; z children. 
6-57. Nicholas, unm. 
6-58. Elizabeth, m. Benjamin Littell, res. Glasgow, Pa. ; one child. 

Mr. Dawson tn. 2d, Eliza Eggleson Dawson, widow of 
Hawkins Dawson (6-41 of this record). Res. Beaver Co., Pa. 

5-59. Benoni Dawson (son of Mackall, 4-20), m. Sarah 
Ann Harvey. Nine children : 

6-59. J. H., m. Mary McKean, res. Steubenville, O. ; 4 children. 
6-60. Homer C, m. Jenny Pennybacker ; one child. 
6-61. Job H., unm. 

6-62. Mackall, m. . 

6-63. Eliza, m. Martin Simms, res. Steubenville, O. ; one child. 
6-64. Rachel, unm. 
6-65. Elma, unm. 
6-66. Rebecca, unm. 
6-6j. Benjamin, unm. 

5-60. Abrilla Dawson (dau. of Mackall, 4-20), m. Philip 
Hill. Res. Steubenville, Ohio. Twelve children, of whom 
only the following are now living : 
6—68. Mackall Dawson, m. Rachel Moore, res. Steubenville ; physician ; 

several children. 
6-69. Rachel, m. John Fisher, killed in the battle of the Wilderness ; 

six children. 
6-70. Myrtilla, m. Samuel Blackmore, son of Thomas (5-77 of this 

6-71. Nathaniel P., unm; 
6-72. Eliza, m. J. B. Smith, d. leaving one child. 

5-62. Susan Daiuson (dau. of Mackall, 4-20), m. John 
Croft. Four children : 
6-73. West, m. Miss Henderson. 

6-74. Chalklcy, m. . 

6-75. Sarah Ann, d. 
6-76. Hannah, unm. 

256 The Dawson Family. 

5-64. Mackall Dawson (son of Nicholas, 4-21), tanner, 
m- Eli'z.abeth Reeder ; both d. in Adams Co., Ohio. They had 
four children : 
6-77. William, lived at Alleghany City, Pa. ; killed in the war, his w. 

also d. 
6-78. Samuel K., b. April, l8z6, m. June, 1847, Mary Simpson, b. in 

Dundee, Scotland, Dec, 1826. They res. Alleghany City. 

He is a machinist in the Fort Wayne shops, at that place. 
6-79. Rachel. 
6-80. Elizabeth, m. Lorenzo F. Fletcher, res. Van Wert Co., O. ; 

several children. 

5-65. Augustine M. Dawson, merchant, b. at Smith's 
Ferry, Beaver Co., Pa., Feb. 19, 1800 (son of Nicholas, 4-21), 
res. 1873, Calcutta, O. He m. ist, Nov. 16, 1826, Maria 
Bever, b. at Smith's Ferry, Nov. 23, 1801, d. Dec. 25, 1846. 
They had eight children : 
6-81. Lavinia Bever, b. Aug. 29, 1827, res. 1873, Georgetown, Pa. 

6-82. Nicholas, b. May 27, 1829, d. Oct. 18, 1836. 
6-83. William Bever, b. June 6, 1831, res. 1873, Canfield, O. ; m. 
6-84. Maria Jane Bever, b. Aug. 20, 1833, res. 1873, Calcutta, O. 

6-85. John Bever, b. Sept. 5, 1836, res. Calcutta, O. ; unm. 
6-86. Rachel Moore, b. Nov. 29, 1838, m. Benjamin Patterson 

Dawson, son of Joshua W. (5-93 of this record). See forward, 

6-87. Augustine Moore, b. March 1, 1842, res. Haysville, Clay Co., 

N. C. ; m. 
6-88. Myrtilla Bowman, b. Jan. 15, 1845, d. Aug. 17, 1847. 

Mr. Dawson m. 2d, July 24, 1849, i^ou Mendell, who d. 
Jan. 14, 1 85 1. They had one child : 

6-89. Sarah Elizabeth, b. May 22, 1850, d. Sept. 29, 1850. 

Mr. Dawson m. 3d, April 18, 1859, Sarah C. Selby, of 
Washington Co., Ohio. To him and to his son, Mr. John 
Bever Dawson, the compiler acknowledges his obligations for 
valuable assistance in the compilation of these records. With- 
out the information obtained from them, an account of the 
descendants of Benoni Dawson (3-1 1 of this record), would 
have been almost entirely wanting. 

5-66. Benoni Dawson, farmer (son of Nicholas, 4-21), 
m. Margaret Pollock. They lived near Calcutta, O., where he 

The Dawson Family. 257 

d. aged 71, and she d. Jan. 25, 1867, aged 58. Six children 


6-90. Rachel m. Thomas Marshall, res. near Alliance, O. 

6-91. Jane, m. James Orr. 

6-92. Verlinda, m. John M. Kenney, merchant, res. Ohioville, Beaver 

Co., Pa. ; three children. 

6-93. Augustine, m. Mackall, res. Kansas. 

6-94. Nancy, m. David Duncan, livery stable proprietor, res. Alleghany 

City, Pa. ; two children. 
6-95. Benoni, unm. 

5-67. William Dawson, tailor (son of Nicholas, 4-21), 
m. Ann Irwin, and lived at Alleghany City, Pa., where he d. 
Dec, 1872. Four children living : 

6-96. Nicholas, m. , res. Evansville, Ind. 

6-97. Barbara Maria, m. John Hurford, clerk, res. Alleghany City, 

Pa. ; three children. 
6-98. William H., unm. 
6-99. John, unm. 

5-68. George A. Dawson, farmer (son of Nicholas, 4-21), 
b. Nov. 3, 181 7, m. Sept. 8, 1846, Luanda Swearingen^ b. 
Sept. I, 1 8 19, dau. of Benoni and Ruth Swearingen. She res. 
1873, near Belair, Crawford Co., 111. Six children, all unm. : 
6-100. Sarah Ellen, b. May 29, 1847. 
6-101. Lavinia Bever, b. Sept. 6, 1849, d. Feb. 27, 1858. 
6-102. John Mayhew, b. July 11, 185 1. 
6-103. Barbara Maria, b. Aug. 24, 1853. 
6-104. Augustine Moore, b. April 9, 1856. 
6-105. George A., b. Oct. 17, 1858. 

5-72. Barbara Jones Dawson (dau. of Nicholas, 4-21), d. 
in Medina Co., O., m. James Armstrong, and had four 
children : 

6-106. William, m. . 

6-107. Elizabeth, a«CT. 

6-108. Caroline, m. Dade, civil engineer, res. Ky, 

6-109. Adelia, m. Lorinc, res. Iowa. 

Mr. Armstrong m. again, and res. 1873, Belpre, Washing- 
ton Co., O. 

5-73. Rebecca Dawson, b. Feb. 7, 1 8 10 (dau. of Nicholas, 
4-21), m. Thomas Creighton. They lived near Calcutta, 


258 The Dawson Fa})iily. 

O., where she d. Dec. 11, 1869, aged 59. They had one 
child : 

6-1 10. [Creighton.] Vcrlinda, m. Mackall, farmer, res. near 

Calcutta ; two children. 

5-74. Rachel Dawson (dau. of Nicholas, 4-21), m. John 
Armstrong (bro. of James, 5-72). They res. 1873, "^^"^ ^^'" 
cutta, O., and have had ten children : 
6-111. Jared M., b. March 2, 1834, d. Jan. 30, 1861, m. Josephine 

A. Wise, of Catlettsburg, Ky. ; one dau. 
6-112. James P., b. June 15, 1838, d. June 13, 1861, aged 2Z. 
6-113. Rachel N., b. Nov. 19, 1840, d. May 18, i86l,aged zo. 
6-1 14. Helena, b. Feb. z, 1844, d. Oct. 16, 1851, aged 7. 
6-115. '^^'■y E-, b. March 14, 1846, d. Oct. 2, 1851, aged 5. 
6-116. John Z., b. Aug. 25, 1848, d. May 28, 1861, aged 12. 
6-117. Lizzie C, b. Nov. 16, 1853, d. May 20, 1861, aged 7. 
6-118. Zena, b. March 27, 1856, d. May 17, 1861, aged 5. 
6-119. Ermina, res. Calcutta, O., unm. 
6-1 20. Minerva, res. Calcutta, unm. 

5-76. Samuel Blackmore (son of James, 4-23), m. ist, 
Miss Pff^, who d. without issue. 2d, 'Jane Bane. Two chn. : 
6-121. John, m. Mary E. Richeson, gr. dau. ofMichaeland Eliza Dawson 

Fisher (5-100 of this record). 
6-122. Mary Ann, m. Capt. Daniel Dawson (5-51 of this record). 

5-77. Thomas Blackmore (son of James, 4-23), m. Sarah 
Laughlin. They had four children : 
6-123. Samuel, m. Myrtilla ///// (6-70 of this record). 
6-124. James, d. young. 

6-125. Nancy, m. . 

6-1 z6. Mary, m. Merrick. No issue. 

5-79. Rebecca Blackmore (dau. of James, 4-23), m. James 
FiTzsiMMONs. Five children, and many gr. children. The 
names of the latter not communicated. Children : 
6-127. James, m. Rachel Todd. 
6-128. Thomas, m. Mary Fisher. 
6-129. Rebecca, m. Abner Lenard. 
6-130. Betsey, m. Thomas Mansfield. 
6-131. Nancy, m. Samuel Todd. 

5-82. Benoni Blackmore, b. in Brooke Co., Va., now 
Hancock Co., W. Va., June 29, 1793 (son of Charles, 4-24), 
m. Sept 18, 18 1 7, Eleanor MackalL who was b. in Frederick 

The 'Dawson Family. 259 

Co., Md., Jan. 10, 1796 (dau. of Benjamin, 3-19 of this record). 
They removed to Columbiana county, Ohio, and settled upon 
a farm there early in the year 1818, where they remained until 
March, 1853, at which time they removed, with their family, 
to Greene county, Indiana. They purchased a homestead at 
Scotland, in this county, where he d. Oct. 3, 1870, and where 
she still res. 1873. They had ten children, all b. in Columbiana 
Co., Ohio: 

6-132. George W., b. Sept. 24, 1818, res. 1873, Scotland, Ind., farmer 
and merchant ; unm. 

6-133. Benjamin M., b. June 19, 1820, d. Jan., 1822. 

6-134. Elizabeth, b. April 20, 1822, d. Jan., 1826. 

6-135. Charles, b. Oct. 25, 1824, res. Scotland, Ind., farmer and mer- 
chant ; unm. 

6-136. Thomas D., b. Nov. 20, 1826, d. Jan., 1834. 

6-137. Samuel, b. March 17, 1828, res. Scotland, Ind. ; m. 

6-138. Dawson, b. June 23, 1831, res. Washington, Ind. ; m. 

6-139. Bcnoni, b. Feb. 28, 1834, res. California; unm. 

6-140. James B., b. June 16, 1836, res. Scotland, Ind.; m. 

6-141. Rebecca Jane, b. Sept. 9, 1838, res. Scotland, Ind. Ogden. 

5-92. Amos Dawson (son of Benjamin, 4-28), m, Rebecca 
Dawson (5-61 of this record). Res. Beaver Co., Pa. Nine 
children : 
6-142. Benjamin, m. Miss Hughes, res. near Smith's Ferry, Beaver Co., 

6-143. Mackall, m. Susan Fisher, dau. of Michael and Eliza Dawson 

Fisher (5-100 of this record). Res. near Smith's Ferry, Pa. 
6-144. Joshua, m. Miss Camp, res. near Smith's Ferry. 
6-145. James L. B., m. Mary Ann Smith, res. Beaver Falls, Pa. 
6-146. Thomas, m. but w. d. childless; he was a Capt. in the late war ; 

res. 1873, Chicago, 111. 
6-147. Scroggs, m. Miss Calhoun, res. near Smith's Ferry, Pa. 
6-148. Amos, m. Wnt, Hamilton, res. near Smith's Ferry. 
6-149. Cynthia, m. Benoni Dawson (6-36 of this record). 

5-93. Joshua Wilkinson Dawson (son of Benjamin, 
4-28), m. Mary McLaughlin., and d. in Greene Co., Indiana. 
Nine children, all res. in that county : 

6-150. Benjamin Patterson, m. Rachel Moore Dawson (6-86 of this 

record). See forward, 6-1 50. 
6-151. Amos Marion, m. Mary Ann Leply. 
6-152. Joseph Henry, unm. 

6-153. Franklin, m. . 

6-154. Charles, unm. 

26o T^he Dawson Fatnily. 

6-155. •A"" Louisa, m. Samuel Record. 
6-156. Helen C, m. John Ferguson. 

6-157. Isabella Carpenter, m. Winters. 

6-158. Mary Josephine, m. Cobb. 

5-94. George Dawson, farmer, b. July 12, 1804 (son of 
Benjamin, 4-28), m. Narc'ma Bever Dawson^ b. Feb. 11, 
1806 (dau. of Nicholas, 4-21). They lived near Calcutta, O., 
where she d. March 14, 1853, aged 47. Eleven children : 
6-159. Elizabeth, b. April 9, 1826, d. in Ohio, Oct. 3, 1852, aged 26. 
6-160. Rachel, b. Oct. 31, 1827, m. Elijah Moore, and d. in Ohio, 
July 3, 1864, aged 36. 

6—161. Benjamin, m. . 

6-162. William, m. Ermina Calvin, of Calcutta, O. ; res. near Chenoa, 
McLean Co., 111. ; farmer. 

6—163. Verlinda, m. . 

6-164. Nancy Ann, m. . 

6-165. Infant, b. Feb. 28, 1840, d. next day. 

6-166. Mary, unm. 

6-167. Thomas, unm. 

6-168. Narcissa V., b. Aug. 18, 1847, d. Feb. 19, 1848. 

6-169. Franklin, b. July 11, 1849, d. Feb. 22, 1851. 

Mr. Dawson m. 2d, Ellen Souder.,2ini d. Aug. 9, 1866, aged 

5-98. Olivia Dawson (dau. of Benjamin, 4-28), m. Harri- 
son Harvey, of Welisburgh, W. Va., where she d. leaving 
children : 

6-170. Benjamin, m. . 

6-1 7 1. Amos, m. . 

6-172. Mary, unm., res. with her father, in Welisburgh. 

5-99. Rebecca Dawson (dau. of Benjamin, 4-28), m. Peter 
Fisher. Res. Cameron, Clinton Co., Mo. Children : 

6-173. Catharine, m. Dr. Geo. McCook, of Pittsburg, Pa. ; d. leaving 

one son. 
6-174. Caroline, m. Wilson Smith, Calcutta, O. 

6-175. Elizabeth, m. , res. St. Joseph, Mo. 

6-176. Benjamin, m. Mary Orr, res. Calcutta, O. 
6-177. Harry, m. Miss Ruby, res. CHnton Co., Mo. 
6-178. George, d. of disease contracted in the army. 
6-179. M. Van Buren, d. in the army. 
6-180. Homer, m. , res. Clinton Co., Mo. 

The Dawson Family. 261 

5-100. EUvca Dawson (dau. of Benjamin, 4-28), m. 
Michael Fisher, brother of Peter (5-99). Res. near Calcutta, 
O. Children : 
6-181. Elizabeth. Richeson. 
6-182. Rebecca. George. 

6-183. -^ 'i'>u. m. WiLKiNsoi*. 

6-184. Susan, m. Mackall Dawson (6-143 of this record). 

6-185. Nancy, unm. 

6-186. Myrtilla, unm. 

6-187. Laura C, unm. 

6-188. George, m. Miss George. 

6-189. John, m. , res. Athens Co., O. 

6-190. Benjamin, unm., lives with his sisters on the old home farm, near 
Calcutta. O. 

5-101. Jmassa Dawson (dau. of Benjamin, 4-28) m. Henry 
Fisher, who d. near Calcutta, O., where she res. 1873. ^^ 
was brother of Peter and Michael Fisher (5-99 and 5-100 of 
this record). They had, besides children who d. unm. : 
6-191. Olivia, m. James Scroggs, son of Dr. James and Myrtilla Dawson 

Scroggs (5-102). 
6-192. Susan, m. George Morton. 
6-193. Eliza, m. Samuel Ewing. 

6-194. Samuel, m. Crawford. 

6-195. Peter, m. Reed. 

6-196. Harvey, m. Laughlin. 

5-102. Myrtilla Dawson (dau. of Benjamin, 4-28), m. Dr. 
James Scroggs, of Ohioville, Beaver Co., Pa, He d. leaving 
children, of whom two only are now living : 
6-197. James, m. Olivia Fisher (6-191 of this record). 
6-198. Patterson. 

5-110. Robert D. Allnutt,' b. in Md., Nov. i, 181 1 
(son of Daniel, 4-34), m. in Ky., Matilda Claridal, and d. in or 
near Chillicothe, Mo., Dec. 23, i860. They had ten children : 
6-199. Stephen W., b. in Ky., Oct. 3, 1835. 
6-200. Rachel V., b. in Ky., Jan. 20, 1837. 

* Substitute for 4-34, pp. 243 and 244, the following : 

4-34. rirlinJa H. Dawsot,, b. in Md., Aug. 17, 1785 (dau. of Robert D., 
3-17), m. Dec. 23, 1810, Daniel Allnutt, b. in Md., Jan. 8, 1776. They 
removed to Ky., in i8i5, where he d. M.iy 4, 1851. She removed with her family 
to Mo., Nov., 1855, and d. in that state, Oct. i, 1856. They had three children : 
5-1 10. Robert D., b. in Md., Nov. i, 181 1, d. in Mo., Dec. 23, i86oj m. 
5-11 1. Sarah J., b. in Md., June 6, 1814, res. Chillicothe, Mo. Allnutt. 
S-iiz. John W., b. in Ky., Nov. 11, 1817, re«. Chillicothe, Mo. ; m. 

262 The Dawson Family. 

6-201. [Allnutt.] Polly D., b. in Ky., Nov. 19, 1838, d. in Mo., 

Sept. 27, 1859. 
6-202. Priscilla J., b. in Ky., Nov. 20, 1840. 
6-ZO3. Julia A., b. in Mo., Feb. 2, 1843. 
6-204. Matilda M., b. in Mo., May 29, 1845. 
6-205. Robert D., b. in Mo., Aug. 18, 1847. 
6-206. King D., b. in Mo., Dec. 8, 1850. 
6-207. Almeda E., b. in Mo., May 21, 1853. 
6-Z08. Sarah J. F., b. in Mo., Oct. 3, 1855, d. June 28, 1869. 

5-111. Sarah J. Allnutt, b. in Md., June 6, 1814 (dau. of 
Daniel, 4-34), m. in Ky., Thomas H. Allnutt. Three 
children, all b. in Ky., res. in or near Chillicothe, Mo. : 
6-209. j^mes L., b. Aug. 15, 1835. 
6-210. Thomas B., b. Oct. 23, 1836. 
6-211. Joseph N., b. Sept. 29, 1838. 

5-112. John W. Allnutt, b. in Ky., Nov. 11, 1817 
(son of Daniel, 4-34), m. in Ky., Amanda Coghill. Res. in or 
near Chillicothe, Mo. Eight children : 
6-212. John T., b. in Ky., May 22, 1841. 
6-213. Robert D., b. in Ky., Sept. 3, 1843. 
6-214. James W., b. in Ky., June 7, 1847. 
6-215. Nancy K., b. in Ky., June 20, 1848. 
6-216. Veriinda W., b. in Ky., Dec. i, 1850. 
6-217. Wilhelmina, b. in Ky., Sept. 7, 1852. 
6-218. Patsey C, b. in Mo., July 8, 1856. 
6-219. Ambrose O., b. in Mo., Dec. 16, i860. 

5-113. Mary Dawson, b. in Logan Co., Ky., April i, 18 19 
(dau. of Stephen N. Dawson, 4-36), m. May 12, i836,Napoleon 
McCuDDY, farmer, b. in Woodford Co., Ky., March 13, 1807, 
son of Capt. Isaac B. and Mildred Bahannan McCuddy. They 
res. near Russellville, Logan Co., Ky. Nine children, all b. 
in Logan county : 
6-220. Mildred A., b. April 7, 1837, m. Oct. 16, 1859, Edvv.^rd W. 

Vaughn ; d. in Louisville, Ky., July 9, i86g. 
6-221. Isaac Newton, b. Feb. 5, 1839, res. Russellville, Ky. 
6-222. Lucy Jane, b. Dec. 15, 1841, m. Oct. 16, 1859, James B. 

Grubbs ; res. Logan Co., Ky. 
6-223. William Bowling, b. Jan. 8, 1 843, m. May I, 1 87 1, Mattie 

Morrison ; res. Earlington, Hopkins Co., Ky. 
6-224 Laura, b. March 20, 1845, d. Sept. 12, 1848. 
6-225. Mary Golden, b. Aug. 6, 1848. 
6-226. James E., b. Oct. 19, 1849, d. Feb. 23, 1857. 
6-227. Margaret A., b. March 9, 1852. 
6-228. Henry White, b. July 16, 1854, d. March 17, 1873. 

The Dawson Family. 263 

5-114. Thomas J. Dawson, b. in Logan Co., Ky., Jan. 
14, 1821, d. May 3, 1869 (son of Stephen N., 4-36) m. 1840, 
Miss America Drane, b. in same county, dau. of John and 
Martha Clark Drane, gr. dau. of Thomas Drane, of Mont- 
gomery Co., Md. She res. near Russeliville, Ky. Six children, 
all b. in Logan county: 
6-229. Annie White, b. Jan. 3, 1848, m. 1869, Dr. B. F. Marshall, 

res. McCracken, Ky. 
6-230. Stephen Newton, b. Feb. 14, 1851, m. 1 87 1, Fannie Colman, 

res. Logan county. 
6-231. Martha Clark, b. May 15, 1853. 
6-232. John William, b. Dec. 30, 1858. 
6-233. J"''3. b. Dec. 9, i860. 
6-234. Mary Thomas, b. Sept. 1 1, i86g. 

5-115. Dr. Stephen William Dawson, b. in Logan Co., 
Ky., Sept. 5, 1822 (son of Stephen N., 4-36), brought up as a 
farmer, removed to Montgomery county, Tenn., in 1843, 
studied medicine and graduated at Philadelphia, in 1849. ^^ 
m. in Baltimore, Md., March 27, 1857, Martha Lucretia 
IVillson, b. April 12, 1825, dau. of Charles and Sarah Clark 
Willson. They res. 1873, in Clarksville, Tenn., where he is 
engaged in his profession, also in farming, etc. They have two 
children : 

6-235. Jennie, b. in Montgomery Co., Tenn., June 3, 1859. 
6-236. Mattie Clark, b. in Montgomery Co., Oct. 24, i860. 

5-117. Julia Dawson, h. in Logan Co., Ky., May 5, 1827 
(dau. of Stephen N., 4-36), m. 1840, Hon. Jos. E. Rice. They 
res. at Clarksville, Tenn. He is judge of the Tenth Judicial 
District of that state. Three children : 
6-237. Alice Beatrice, b. March 21, 1845. 
6-238. James William, b. April z8, 1851. 
6-239. Wirt Zollicoffer, b. July 28, 1855. 

5-121. Sally Dawson, b. in Logan Co., Ky., Feb. i, 1837 
(dau. of Stephen F.,4-36), m. Dec. 9, 1858, JamesC. Hester, 
planter and tobacco speculator, b. in Montgomery Co., Tenn., 
Dec. 20, 1831, son of Capt. Robert and Minerva Hester, of 
Va. They res. 1873, at Mayfield P. O., Graves Co., Ky. 
Six children : 

6-240. Robert Oswald, b. in Montgomery Co., Tenn., Nov. 19, 1859. 
6-24.1. Carrie, b. in Graves Co., Ky., Sept. 1, 1861. 

264 'T^he Dawson Family. 

6-242. [Hester]. William Henry, b. in Graves Co., Feb. 12, 1863. 
6-24V Annie Minerva, b. in Graves Co., Feb. 6, 1867. 
6-244. James Raymond, b. in Graves Co., Sept. 26, 1869. 
6-245. Helen Antonia, b. in Graves Co., Feb. 24, 1872. 

5-129. Samuel Mackall (son of Benjamin, 4-45)> ^^^ '■ 
6-246. Rebecca, m. Thomas Dawson (5-21 of this record). Res. 
Indiana. See p. 253. 

5-130. James Mackall (son of Benjamin, 4-45), had : 
6-247. A daughter, m. Harrison Dawson (5-22 of this record). Res. 
Arkansas. See p. 239. 

5-131. Thomas Mackall (son of Benjamin, 4-45), had : 
6-248. John, m. April 8, i%6<i, Ellen Damson, b. Dec. 25, 1827 
(5-28 of this record). See p. 239. 

6-4. Sarah Kennedy Dawson, b. at Brownsville, Pa., Sept., 

1838 (dau. of Hon. John L., 5-2), m. June 13, 1861, Charles 
E. Speer. Res. near Pittsburg, Pa. He is assistant cashier 
of the First National Bank of that city. They have four 
children : 

7-1. Mary Clarke, b. Oct., 1863. 
7-2. Hetty Morrow, b. Nov., 1864. 
7-3. John Littleton Dawson, b. June, 1866. 
7-4. Louisa Dawson, b. Nov. 5, 1870. 

6-6. Louisa Cass Daivson, b. at Brownsville, Pa., Oct. 4, 

1839 (dau. of Hon. John L., 5-2), m. Oct. 25, 1866, Capt. 
Henry Whiteley Patterson, of the U. S. army,' son of 
Alfred and Caroline fVhiteley Patterson (see 5-10 of this record). 
Capt. Patterson, having recently resigned his commission in the 
army, res. 1873, '" Alleghany City, Pa. They have had three 
children : 

7-5. Littleton Dawson, b. at Friendship Hill, Fayette Co., Pa., Nov. 
12, 1867, d. at Pittsburg, Pa., April 13, 1871. 

' Second lieut. 4th Inf., Oct. 24, 1861 ; first lieut. Dec. aS, i86l ; reg. Q. M. 
Jan. 3, 1863 ; bvt. capt July 2, 1863 ; captain, April 21, 1866 ; discharged, Nov. 
I, 1870. This regiment participated in the battles of Gaines' Mills, Va., 27 June, 
Malvern Hill, i July, Cedar Mountain, 9 Aug., Bull Run, 30 Aug., Antietam, 17 
Sept., Fredericksburg, 13 Dec, 1862; Chancellorsville, 8 and 13 May, Gettysburg, 
2 and 3 July, 1863 ; Wilderness, 5 and 6 May, Laurel Hill, 8 and 13 May, Spottsyl- 
Tjnia, 16 .May, North Anna River, 24 May, Bethesda Church, i and 3 June, Po. 
Potomail Creek, 2 and 3 June, Petersburg, 17, 20 and 21 June, and 30 July, 
Wcldon Railroad, 19 and 21 Aug., and Chapel House, Va., i Oct., 1864. — ylrmy 

The 'Dawson Family. 265 

7-6. [Patterson.] Alfred, b. at Fort Fetterman, Wyoming Territory, 

June 10, 1869, d. at Friendsliip Hill, Feb. 8, 1870. 
7-1- Henry Whiteley, b. at Friendship Hill, Oct. 3, 1 87 1. 

6-G. Mary Clarke Dawson,h. at Brownsville, Pa., June 13, 
1842 (dau. of Hon. John L., 5-2), m. April 16, 1863, 
Chauncey Forward Black, lawyer, b. at Somerset, Pa., 
Nov. 14, 1839.' They res. 1873, ^^ York, Pa., and have 
three children : 
7-8. Louisa Dawson, b. at Friendship Hill, Fayette Co., Pa., May 9, 

7-9. Jeremiah Sullivan, b. at Friendship Hill, Oct. 20, 1869. 
7-10. John Littleton Dawson, b. at York, Pa., Jan. 5, 1871. 

6-30. George Dawson, b. at Georgetown, Pa., Sept. 22, 
1844 (son of Benoni, 5-24), m. July 4, 1870, Isadore Winch. 
Res. Georgetown. One child : 
7-11. Harry C. 

6-31. Harrison Dawson, b. at Georgetown, Pa., May 
XI, 1846 (son of Benoni, 5-24), m. May 13, 1872, Eli'z.a 
McHaffie. Res. Georgetown. One child : 
7-12. William M. 

6-37. James Dawson (son of George, 5-35), m. Sarah 
McCulloch. They lived at Glasgow, Beaver Co., Pa., where 
he d. leaving one child : 
7-13. William H. 

6-40. William Dawson (son of George, 5-35), m. Maria 
Potter. They res. at Glasgow, Pa. Three children : 

7-14. James. 
7-15. Annie Mary. 
7-16. Evangeline. 

6-41. Hawkins Dawson (son of George, 5-35), m. Eli-z,a 
Eggleson. They lived in Glasgow, Pa., where he d. leaving 
one child : 
7-17. George, d. in Glasgow. 

' Son of Hon. Jeremiah Sullivan Black, and wife Mary Forward, dau. of Chauncey 
Forward, lawyer, of Somerset Co., Pa. Hon. Jeremiah S. Black, b. in Somerset Co., 
1810 (son of Henry Black, associate judge of that county), was elected a judge of 
the Supreme Court of Pcnn., 1851, and again in 1854. He was attorney-general in 
the cabinet of President Buchanan, from March, 1857, to December, i860, and 
secretary of state from Dec, i860, to March, 1861. 


266 'The Dawson Family. 

The widow of Hawkins Dawson (6-41), became 2d wife of 
Thomas Dawson (5-58, of this record). 

6-81. Lavinia Bever Dawsoti^ b. Aug. 29, 1827 (dau. of 
Augustine M., 5-65), m. Nov. 7, 1850, Dr. Samuel T. 
Hamilton, of Georgetown, Beaver Co., Pa., where they res. 
1873. They have had eleven children : 

7-18. Augustine Moore, b. Aug. 8, 1851, d. Jan. 31, 1852. 

7-19. Samuel guigley, b. Oct. 19, 1852. 

7-20. Courtney Wood, b. Aug. 18, 1854, d. Aug. 9, 1864. 

7-21. Maria Amelia, b. Feb. 18, 1856, d. Aug. 2, 1864. 

7-22. Laura VVellman, b. Jan. 12, 1858, d. Feb. 27, i860. 

7-23. Meigs Steel, b. .Aug. 18, i860, d. Oct. 31, 1861. 

7-24. Clyne Ackley, b. Aug. 12, 1862. 

7-25. William Harvey, b. Oct. 30, 1864, d. Aug. 29, 1865. 

7-26. Harriet Blythe, b. July 28, 1866, d. Feb. 22, 1869. 

7-27. Clara Horton, b. Aug. 30, 1868. 

7-28. Lavinia Bever, b. Aug. 8, 1870. 

6-83. William Bever Dawson, b. June 6, 1831 (son of 
Augustine M., 5-65), m. about 1852, Maria Cornelia Wads- 
worth, of Canfield, Mahoning Co., O., granddaughter of Gen. 
Wadsworth, of Revolutionary fame. They res. 1873, at Can- 
field. One child : 
7-29. George Wadsworth. 

6-84. Maria Jane Bever Dawson, b. Aug. 20, 1833 (dau. of 
Augustine M., 5-65), m. Aug. 8, 1854, John Thompson, b. 
April I, 1820, son of William and Eleanor Thompson. They 
res. 1873, at Calcutta, O., where they have had b. seven chn. : 
7-30. William Augustine, b. Oct. 27, 1854. 
7-31. Charles Fremont, b. Nov. 2, 1856. 
7-32. George Cummins, b. Nov. 29, 1858. 
7-33. Minnie B., b. Oct. 4, 1861, d. Dec. 11, 1864. 
7-34. John McD., b. Sept. 25, 1863. 
7-35. Ellen Maria, b. Feb. 7, 1866. 
7-36. Luna Jane, b. Aug. 13, 1869. 

6-87. Augustine Moore Dawson, teacher, b. in Calcutta, 
O., March i, 1842 (son of Augustine M., 5-65), m. Josephine 
tVise Armstrong, widow of Jared Armstrong, and eldest dau. 
of Dr. James Wise, of Lcwisburg, ^a. Mr. Dawson is teacher 
ot mathematics in the Hiwassee College, an institution under 

The Dawson Faviily. 267 

the patronage of the M. E. Church, South, near Sweetwater, 
Tenn. P. O. address and res., Hayesville, Clay Co., N. C. 
Three children : 
7-37. Maria Bever. 
7-38. Edwin Holly. 
7-39. Virginia, d. 

6-137. Samuel Blackmore, b. in Columbiana Co., O., 
March 14, 1828 (son of Benoni, 5-82), m. March 16, 1852, 
Matilda Mackall, who was b. in same county, Oct. 20, 1829, 
dau. of Thomas and Sarah Foster Mackall. They res. 1873, 
at Scotland, Greene county, Indiana, where he is engaged in 
farming, stock-raising and merchandising. Nine children, Uving : 
7-40. Thomas D., b. Jan. 25, 1853. 
7-41. Benoni W., b. Aug. 10, 1855. 
7-42. Caroline V., b. March 10, 1857. 
7-43. George F., b. April 3, 1859. 
7-44. John M., b. Sept. 9, 1 86 1. 
7-45. Charles C, b. March 19, 1863. 
7-46. Napoleon B., b. Nov. 18, 1865. 
7-47. Samuel T., b. March 9, 1868. 
7-48. Cora E., b. Feb. 4, 1873. 

6-138. Dawson Blackmore, b. in Columbiana Co., O., 
June 23, 1831 (son of Benoni, 5-82), m. May 29, 1872, 
Mary Josephine Jones, b. in Bloomfield, Greene Co., Indiana, 
May 29, 1844, dau. of John and Sarah Glover Jones. They, 
reside temporarily, 1873, at Washington, Ind. Mr. Blackmore 
is of the firm of Laidley and Blackmore, commission merchants, 
85 West 2d street, Cincinnati, Ohio. One child : 
7-49. Dawson Jones, b. July 13, 1873. 

6-140. James B. Blackmore, farmer, stock-raiser and 
merchant, b. in Columbiana Co., O., June 16, 1836 (son of 
Benoni, 5-82), m. in Greene Co., Ind., Feb. 14, 1861, 
Margaret GeMes, b. in Columbiana Co., June I, 1840, daughter 
of Samuel and Alargaret Herbert Geddes. They res. at Scot- 
land, Indiana, and have five children : 
7-50. Charles A., b. Feb. 5, 1862. 
7-51. Lizzie J., b. March 15, 1864. 
7-52. George D., b Jan. 30, 1866. 
7-53. Samuel L., b. July 31, 1868. 
7-54. Ellic J., b. March zo, 1871. 

268 The Dawson Fa?nily. 

6-141. Rebecca Jane Blackmore^h. in Columbiana Co., O., 
Sept. 9, 1838 (dau. of Benoni, 5-82), m. Nov. 14, 1866, Joshua 
M. Ogden, son of Dr. J. M. Ogden. They res. at Scotland, 
Ind. Two children : 
7-55. George B., b. Dec. 9, 1867. 
7-56. Dawson B., b. Aug. z8, 1869. 

6-150. Benjamin Patterson Dawson (son of Joshua 
W., 5-93), m. July 7, 1857, Rochel Moore Dawson, who was 
b. Nov. 29, 1838 (dau. of Augustine M., 5-65). They res. 
1873, ''^ Georgetown, Beaver Co., Pa., and have had seven 
children, all now living : 
7-57. George Augustine, b. June 8, 1858. 
7-58. Mary Maria, b. Oct. 29, i860. 
7-59. Clement L. Vallandingham, b. March 3, 1863. 
7-60. Lavinia Hamilton, b. April 11, 1865. 
7-61. Joshua Wilkinson, b. Feb. 19, 1867. 
7-62. Ford, b. Feb. 27, 1869. 
7-63. Benjamin Forest, b. Dec. 10, 1869. 

6-181. Eli:!.abeth Fisher (dau. of Michael and Eliza Daw- 
son Fisher, 5-100), m. Samuel Richeson. They had several 
children : 
7-64. Mary E., m. John Blackmore (6-121 of this record). 

6-182. Rebecca Fisher (dau. of Michael and Eliza Dawson 
Fisher, 5-100), m. Dr. Emanuel George. They had one son : 
7-65. Benjamin. 


Alleghany Co., Md., 1754. 

From the Rev. yohn K. Da'wson, of Martinshurg^ Keokuk Co., loiva, and others, the 
folloiving : 

1. James Dawson was b. in Maryland, about 1754. His 
son, the Rev. John K. Dawson, above named, says that he 
was probably a native of Alleghany Co.' He was a soldier in 
the Revolutionary war, also in the war of 1812-14; being, 
during his last term of service, a private in the Tenth Regiment 
of Infantry, from which he was honorably discharged. May 27, 
1 8 14. He was at this time sixty years of age.^ He died in 
Knox Co., Tenn., aged 83, hence about the year 1837. He 
was a farmer, and a member of the Methodist church. He 
married, some time after the close of the Revolutionary war, 
Jane Kitchen, of New Jersey, who died in Wilkes county, 
North Carolina, August, 1807, to which state they removed 
before 1789, and where they resided until the time of her death. 
Their children were : 

2-1. Ailsaba, b. in Caswell Co., N. C, 1789, now deceased. 
2-2. Edmond, b. in Caswell Co., N. C, 1792. ) 3 
2-3. David, b. in Caswell Co., N. C, 1795. ( 

' Rev. J. K. D. writes as follows: "James Dawson, my father, was b. in the 
state of Maryland, probably Alleghany county, about 1754. His fither d. when he 
was young. I never saw him, and have forgotten his name. I remember seeing, 
when I was a small boy, a brother of my father, whose name was Thomas." 

• The following is a copy of a certificate in the possession of his son : 

"District Pay-Master's Office, Washington, June i, 1814. 

" I certify that James Dawson, born in Maryland, aged sixty years, five feet 7|- 
inches high, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by profession a farmer, late a 
soldier in the loth Regiment of Infantry was discharged on the 27th day of May, 
18 14, by Lieut. Col. D. L. Clinch, and that his discharge is on file in my office, 
(signed) "Sat. Clark, D. P. M." 

The above endorsed as follows : 

"The discharge delivered Mr. Stephens of the Section of Bounty Lands, the 25th 
March, 1820. 

(signed) " M. Latimer, Clerk." 

3 These were both soldiera in the war of 1811; discharged 1814, but re-enlisted, 
and d. the same year from sicknus, at Fort Strather, in the Creek Indian Nation. 
Both unmarried. 

270 The Dawson Family. 

2-4. John Kitchen, b. in Caswell Co.,N. C, Oct. 12, 1797, res. 1873, 

Martinsburg, Iowa ; m. 
2-5. Margaret, b. in Wilkes Co., N. C, 1799, d. in same Co., Oct., 

2-6. James, b. in WilkeS Co., N. C, Feb., 1802, d. in Cocke Co., 

Tenn., Oct. 2, 1858; m. 
2-7. Esther, b. in Wilkes Co., N. C, Aug., iSoi;, d. in Tenn. 

By a second marriage James Dawson had other children, whose 
names have not been communicated. 

2-4. Rev. John Kitchen Dawson was b. in Caswell Co., 
N. C, Oct. 12, 1797. His early educational advantages were 
small. In 18 12, his father and two elder brothers being in the 
army, he lived in Wilkes county, N. C, where he joined the 
Baptist church in that year. In 18 13 he went to Wythe Co., 
Va., an J worked in the lead mines there. He returned to North 
Carolina in 1 8 14, and removed from that state to Greene county, 
Tenn., in 1818, where, after a short time spent at school, he 
apprenticed himself to the cabinet making business, which, as 
well as the trade of a carpenter and joiner, farming, and other 
branches of business, he has since followed. In 1826 he became 
a licensed preacher in the Methodist Episcopal church, but on 
account of objections to the Episcopal form of government, left 
that connection, and united with the Methodist Protestant 
church in 1842, in the ministry of which he has since labored. 
He m. in Sevier Co., Tenn., Sept. i, 1822, Sarah Bitner,who 
was b. in Greene Co., Tenn., May 3, 1802. They removed 
to Indiana in 1829, and thence to Iowa, in 1848. They have 
had eleven children, as follows : 
3-1. William Riley, b. in Sevier Co., Tenn., May 26, 1823, res. 1873, 

Bainbridge, Indiana ; m. 
3-2. Minerva Jane, b. in Sevier Co., Tenn., April 5, 1825, d. May 

3, i825- 
3-3. Elizabeth, b. in Sevier Co., Tenn., Oct. 18, 1826, d. in Putnam 

Co., Ind., July 20, 1847, unm. 
3-4. James Beckley, lawyer, b. in SevierCo., Tenn., March 11, 1829, 

d. in Union Co., Iowa, June 16, 1856, unm. 
3-5. Violet, teacher, b. in Rush Co., Ind., Aug. 16, 1831, d. in 

Keokuk Co., Iowa, Oct. 25, 1848, unm. 
3-6. Mary Jane, b. in Rush Co., Ind., Aug. 7, 1834, res. 1871, 

Kansas. Williams. 
3-7. Louisa Catharine, b. in Rush Co., Ind., Sept. 4, 1836, res. 1873, 

Newton, Jasper Co., Iowa. Chapman. 

The 'Dawson Family. 271 

3-8. Rachel Eddy, b in Putnam Co., Ind., June 17, 1839, res. 1873, 

Martinsburg, Keokuk Co., Iowa. Coleman. 
3-9. John Marion, b. in Putnam Co., Ind., Feb. 18, 1842, res. 1873, 

Bainbridge, Ind. ; m. 
3-10. Sarah Ellen, b. in Putnam Co., Ind., June 7, 1845, res. 1871, Iowa. 
3-1 1. Benjamin Franklin, silversmith, b. in Putnam Co., Ind., June 4, 

1848, d. in Keokuk Co., Iowa, Aug. 22, 1869, mm. 

2-6. James Dawson, a painter by trade, but for twenty- 
seven years a dry goods merchant in Newport, Tenn., was b. 
in Wilkes county, N. C, Feb., 1802, and d. in Cocke Co., 
Tenn., Oct. 2, 1858. He m. in 1836, Lucinda Clark, of New- 
port. They had eight children, all b. in Newport : 
3-12. James C, b. July 20, 1838. 

3-13. Mary C, b. Jan. 17, 1841, res. 1871, Cocke Co., Tenn. Allen. 
3-14. Sarah E., b. Feb. 26, 1843, res. 1871, Cocke Co., Tenn. 

3-15. Rebecca J., b. Sept. 9, 1846. 
3-16. Laura A., b. Aug. 23, 1849. 
3-17. Ellen A., b. Aug. 30, 1850. 
3-18. Florida E, b Feb. 20, 1852. 
3-19. John K., b. May 21, 1855. 

3-1. William Riley Dawson, son of John K. Dawson 
(2-4), was b. in Sevier Co., Tenn., May 26, 1823. He was 
for four years principal of the Ashland, Iowa, Seminary, and 
has been also principal of the Bainbridge, Ind., Academy, and 
of the Sturgeon, Mo., Seminary. He m. in Putnam Co., Ind., 
July 30, 1854, EUxabeth R. Taylor, who was b. in Montgomery 
Co., Ky., Dec. 20, 1838, and d. in Montgomery Co., Ind., 
March 27, 1872. He res. 1873, '" Bainbridge, Ind., and is 
still engaged in teaching, and is also a minister of the Christian 
Union congregation or church. Two children, both b. in 
Putnam Co., Ind. : 
4-1. Mary Alice, b. June 19, 1855. 
4-2. John William, b. Nov. 19, i86i. 

3-6. Mary Jane Dawson, b. in Rush Co., Ind., Aug. 7, 
1834, m. in Keokuk Co., Iowa, Feb., 1851, William W. 
Williams, who wash, in Indiana. They res. 1871, in Kansas. 
Four children, all b. in Keokuk Co., Iowa : 
4-3. Sarah C. 
4-4. James F. 
4-5. Martha J. 
4-6. Eva A. 

272 The Dawson Fa?nily. 

3-7. Louisa Catharine Dawson, b. in Rush Co., Ind., Sept. 
4, 1836, m. in Mahaska Co., Iowa, July 30, 1854, James H. 
Chapman, who was b. in Putnam Co., Ohio, Nov. 18, 1828. 
They res. 1873, at Newton, Jasper Co., Iowa. Three 
children : 

4-7. Eva E., b. in Washington Co., Iowa, Dec. 9, 1855. 
4-8. Lula E., b. in Washington Co., Iowa, March 6, 1859. 
4-9. Arthur B., b. in Jasper Co., Iowa, March 1, 1864. 

3-8. Rachel Eddy Dawson, was b. in Putnam Co., Ind., 
June" 17, 1839, m. in Keokuk Co., Iowa, April 8, i860, James 
A. Coleman, who was b. in Knox Co., Ohio, Dec. 10, 1833. 
They res. 1873, at Martinsburg, Keokuk Co., Iowa, and have 
had three children, all b. in that county : 
4-10. Arthur E., b. Jan. 2, 1861. 
4-11. Charles B., b. April 3, 1864, d. Sept. 26, 1865. 
4-12. Martha L., b. Jan. 18, 1867. 

3-9. John Marion Dawson was b. in Putnam Co., 
Indiana, Feb. 18, 1842. He enlisted, Oct., 1861, as a private 
in company D., 13th Regt. Iowa Infantry Vols., and partici- 
pated in the battles of Pittsburg Landing and Corinth, in the 
siege of Vicksburg, and in General Sherman's Georgia campaign. 
In July, 1864, his company fell into the hands of the confeder- 
ates. He was taken a prisoner of war to Andersonville prison, 
was thence removed to Charleston, S. C, and finally to the 
prison at Florence, where he was paroled, in December, of that 
year. As a paroled prisoner he was sent to the camp at Anna- 
polis, Md. He was discharged in June, 1865, at Davenport, 
Iowa. He m. in Wapello Co., Iowa, May 4, 1870, Saj-ah J. 
Taylor, who was b. in Putnam Co., Ind., Oct. 4, 1853. He 
is a silversmith and jeweler. They res. 1873, ^^ Bainbridge, 
Putnam Co., Ind., and have one child : 
4-13. Carleton E., b. in Keokuk Co., Iowa, July 9, 1872. 

3-13. Mary C. Dawson, b. in Cocke Co., Tenn., Jan. 17, 
1841, m. William E. Allen, of that county, where they 
reside (1871). They have had five children, all b, in Cocke 

4-14. Lula Ann, b. Jan. 4, 1859, d. Oct. 18, 1861. 
4-15. Louclla, b. May 11, 1863. 
4-16. Ida Ann, b. Jan. 13, 1867. 

The Dawson Family. 273 

4-17. [Allen.] James R., b. Feb. 24, 1868. 
4-18. Elizabeth, b. March 23, 1870. 

3-14. Sarah E. Dawson, b. in Cocke Co.,Tenn., Feb. 26, 
1843, ■"• Henry C. Leftwich, of that county, where they 
reside (1871). They have one child : 
4-19. Mary L., b. in Cocke Co., Tenn., Nov. 15, 1869. 


Of Caroline Co., Md., 1760. 

From Dr. Exckicl Dawson, of Woodftdc Mills, Del., Dr. Thomas G. Dawson, of Cam - 
hridgt, Md., Mr. fyUliam Meredith, Marydell, Md., Mr. John Beitler Daivson, 
IVashington, D. C, Mrs. Rhoda A. Morris, of Milton, In J., and others, thefolloiving : 

1. William Dawson, according to a tradition in the family, 
was a Friend or Quaker, in England (county not certainly 
known), and with his wife, Isabella, fled thence to America, in 
order to escape the persecutions to which such as were of his 
faith were subjected at home. They settled in Caroline county, 
Maryland, about the year 1 760,' and, being isolated from Friends, 
united themselves to a new religious society called Nicholites, 
a sect which originated in Kent county, Del., and spread into 
Eastern Maryland about the middle of the last century, taking 
the name of its founder and projector, Joseph Nichols, a native 
of Kent county.^ This sect became merged into the Society 
of Friends about the year 1800. The Nicholites practiced ex- 
treme plainness of dress and manner of life, wearing only home- 
made materials in their natural shades, using no dyes whatever, 
and even abstaining from the cultivation of natural objects of 
beauty, as of flowers, which, considered in a spirit of severe self- 
denial, they did not regard as strictly necessary or useful. They 

' On land then within the limits of Dorchester county, but now, by change- of 
county lines, in Caroline. Under date of May 13, 1762, Lord Baltimore (by Horatio 
Sharpe, then governor general of the province) patented to ** William Dawson, of 
Dorchester county," 261 acres of land called " Dawson's Hazard," and, March 25, 
1765, confirmed to him an additional tract of 171 acres of vacant land adjoining that 
first granted, all resurveyed in one tract still called " Dawson's Hazard," and '■ lying 
in said county of Dorchester." Under date of Jan. 2, 1873, Dr. E Dawson wrote as 
follows : " I learn that William Dawson had two brothers, Frederick and Joseph, 
but have some doubt of the authority.'* 

=* ** Joseph Nichols died young, even before the society was fully organized 

The Nicholites reached about eight hundred in number, and owing to the want of 
extended organization, and to their close similarity and unity with the Friends, who 
had the advantage in extent of numbers, etc., they united almost in a body, and 
almost without a jar, with the Third Haven quarterly meeting of Friends, of the 
eastern shore of Maryland. Most of them were acceptable and honored members." — 
Dr. E. Dawson. 

The Dawso?! Fafiiily. 275 

bore a strict and conscientious testimony against oaths, war and 
slavery, and were proverbial for their honesty and unostentatious 
piety. The legislature of Maryland, in an act passed for their 
benefit, styled them New Quakers. William Dawson was prom- 
inent among these people, and it appears from the archives of 
the society (still preserved in MS.), that he presided over the 
assemblage of delegates that perfected their organization and 
adopted rules and regulations for their government and disci- 
pline, Dec. 5, 1774. His name was first signed to the minutes 
of this meeting, and is followed by the names of sixteen others, 
" many of them of precious memory," the ancestors of some of 
the most solid and honored families of that section of the country. 
William Dawson and William Harris (whose children intermar- 
ried), and James Harris, were the first among the Nicholites 
who liberated their slaves, though all finally did so. Believing 
that any support, direct or indirect, given to war, would " defile 
his hands with blood," he went so far, in obedience to what he 
felt to be right, as to refuse to accept or make use of the paper 
currency that was issued for war purposes ; and although cen- 
sured and reproached for this singularity of conduct, it is said 
that " he maintained the ground of his testimony with dignity 
and consistency." Such, indeed, was the confidence reposed 
in his honesty, sincerity and integrity, that in his trade of making 
carts and spinning wheels, his custom extended to a great distance. 
For his " testimony " against a " hireling ministry," which must 
have led him in some way to contravene the laws of the province, 
he suffered imprisonment, being confined in jail for some time 
at Cambridge, near thirty miles from his place of residence. 
He also suffered the loss of property by distraint, for conscience' 
sake. His situation in prison becoming known, great crowds of 
people were attracted, to whom he explained his principles and 
delivered his exhortations, "insomuch that on account of his 
influence with the people his persecutors thought best to set 
him at liberty." ' 

It is not known whether or not William and Isabella Dawson 
lived to unite with the Society of Friends. They were both 
dead at the date of their son Elisha's second marriage (1821) 
and had probably been dead many years. They had eleven chn. : 

' Sl'c FrIrnJs' Mhctllany, vol. 4, p. 144; Jinney's History 0/ Friends, vol. 3, Ch. 
18 ; Michcncr's Rclrmfecl of Early ^aierism, p. 415. 

2/6 The Dawson Family. 

2-1. John, b. 5 mo. 24, 1754, d. in Caroline Co., Md., 1826 ; m. 

2-2. Elizabeth, b. 7 mo. 17, 175";, m. Wilson. 

2-3. William, b. 4 mo. 13, 1757, d. in Ky., about 1815 ; m. 

2-4. Margaret, b. 6 mo. 13, 1758, m. Perry. 

2-5. Jonas, b. 5 mo. 31, 1760, removed to Philadelphia, and thence to 

interior of Pa. ; it is said that he was a silversmith, and the 

inventor of suspender buckles ; no account of his family. 
2-6. Edward, b. 12 mo. 9, 176 1, of whom no further record. 
2-7. Elijah, b. 3 mo. 9, 1764, lived in Kent Co., Del ; m. 
2-8. Elisha, b. 1 mo. 20, 1766, d. near Camden, N. J., 5 mo. 1, 1837 ; 

2-9. Shadrach H., b. 4 mo. 23, 1 768, d. in Lancaster, Pa., May 24, 

1838 ; m. 
2-10. Frederick, b. 7 mo. 29, 1770, was a soldier in the war of 181 2 

(loth Regiment Infantry), shortly after which he went west ; had 

bounty land in Missouri ; trace of him lost.' 
2-11. Joseph, b. I mo. 26, 1773, d. in Kent Co., Del., i mo. 29, 
1824; m. 

2-1. John Dawson, b. 5 mo. 24, 1754, m. Anna Harris, 
dau. of William and Anna Harris. They lived in Caroline 
Co., Md., where he d. 1826, leaving three daughters : 

3—1. ,m. Dr. Jefferson. 

3-2. ,m. William Griffith. 

3-3. ,m. William Harris, of Andersontown, Md. 

2-3. William Dawson, b. in Caroline county, Md., 4 
mo. 13, 1757, moved thence to Virginia, where he married, and 
shortly after removed to Kentucky, and settled on a farm in 
Anderson county, which is still occupied by some of his de- 
scendants. He d. there about the year 1815.= His children, 
all now dead, were : 

3-4. Joseph, who d. in Anderson Co., Ky., 1848, aged about 60 ; m. 
3-5. Peter, d. in Harrison Co., Ky. ; m. 
3-6. John, d in Anderson Co., Ky. ; m. 
3-7. Charles, d. in Tippecanoe Co., Indiana, 1830 ; m. 
3-8. Elizabeth. 
3-9. Mary. 

3-10. Henrietta, m. Higgins ; d. in Ky. 

3-11. Charlotie, m. William Miller; res. Iowa. 

' He received letters patent, founded on warrant 489, giving him as bounty land in 
Mo., a tract described as the S. E. qr. of Sec. 30, in tp. 58 N., and Range 20 W., 
ot the principal Meridian. 

' Thisaccount of William Dawson (1-3), and what follows in relation to his descend- 
ants, was communicated by his grandson, Andrew H. H. Dawson, Esq., formerly of 
Georgia, now ( 1873), of New Yorjc city. Mr. Dawson wrote the compiler in 1854, 
that h.s grand father was "a brotlier of the great Quaker preacher, Elisha Dawson, 
though not himself a Quaker." 

T^he Dawson Family. 277 

2-7. Elijah Dawson, b. in Caroline county, Md., 3 mo. 
9, 1764, m. Catharine Broadaway, dau. of Robert and Sarah 
Russum Broadaway.' They lived near Sandtown, in Kent Co., 
Delaware, where he d. in middle life, leaving two children : 
3-12. Greenbury, b. 1785, d in Kent Co., Del., April 6, 1847; m. 
3-13. Sarah, d. in Camden, Del., Feb. 8, 1868. Dunn. 

2-8. Elisha Dawson, b. in Caroline Co., Md., i mo. 20, 
1766, was originally, like his father, in Christian faith a Nicholite, 
but about 1798, he, with many others of similar faith, united 
with the Society of Friends. It is said of him that about this 
time he was " brought into a close exercise " and " became 
very low in body and mind " : and that he " became concerned 
that others might come to understand and enjoy the blessing 
pronounced by the Divine Master on the ' pure in heart.' 
Under this concern he first appeared as a minister among 
Friends about the year 1800." He gradually rose to eminence 
in the Society, and was much respected, as well for his abilities 
as a preacher, as for his personal piety, sincerity, and faithful- 
ness in the discharge of whatever he conceived to be his duty. 
When the Society of Friends divided, in 1828, into what have 
since been known as the Orthodox and Hicksite parties, he went 
with the latter, and a few years later (1835), being provided 
with certificates of the unity and concurrence of his brethren, 
he went on a religious visit to Great Britain. " He traveled 
through many parts of England and Ireland, and visited the 
Island of Guernsey, discharging his duty as an Embassador of 
Peace and Salvation as way opened for religious labor. "^ Besides, 
he made many extended religious journeys through and into 
various states, and d. while on a visit of this character, near 
Camden, in New Jersey, after a brief illness, on the first of 5 

* Sister to the wife of Joseph Dawson (2-1 1 ). Robert Broadaway was a man of in- 
fluence, and highly esteemed in the church and by his fellow citizens generally. His 
widow m. Rev. Edward Callahan, a man of prominence and education, at one time 
state surveyor of Delaware. Their daughter Ann m. Shadrach H. Dawson (2-9). 

* ''He deserves the name of an E'van^iliit. His life was given up, ' to labor* 
(using his language), 'in the love of the Gospel ' wherever the Spirit seemed to direct 
him. He went forth preaching the Gospel almost daily over the breadth of his own 
country, and found time to cross the ocean, bearing the message and spirit of the 
Gospel to England, Ireland and the Island of Guernsey. Some idea of his labors may 
be obtained by accounts in his journal of his visiting tours, occupying most of the 
time in the years mentioned. A portion of his journal is lost. From 1800 until his 
death his life was one of activity and labor. In 1827-28, at the time of the Separa- 

278 The Daicson Family. 

mo., 1837, being then upwards of 71 years of age.' He belonged 
to Philadelphia yearly meeting. Voluminous journals of his 
travels and religious experiences are now in the possession of a 
relative, Dr. E. Dawson, of Woodside Mills, near Camden, 
Delaware, and it is hoped will ultimately be published. He m. 
1st, II mo. 5, 1785, Lydia Harris, b. Jan. 4, 1771, daughter 
of William and Anna Harris, prominent members of the society 
called Nicholites.= They had six children, all b. in Caroline 
county, Md. : 

3-14. Daniel, b. iimo. 9, 1786, d. in Brooklyn, O., 9 mo. 6, 1838 ; m- 
3-15. Deborah H., b 9 mo. 22, 1789, d. in Wayne Co, Ind., i mo- 
il, 1856. Frampton. 
3- 1 6.° Mary, b. 4 mo. 18, 1792, d. aged about 5 years. 
3-17. William, b. 3 mo. 29, 1796, d. in Ind., 7 mo. 26, 1851 ; m. 
3-18. James, b. 3 mo. 25, 1799, d. in Hancock Co., Ind., 10 mo. 20, 

1850 ; m. 
3-19. Elisha, b. 5 mo. 27, 1802, d. aged about 5 years. 

'Shortly after the birth of their youngest child, Elisha and 
Lydia Dawson removed to Sussex county, Delaware, where she 
d. 12 mo. 4, 1815.3 He m. 2d, at North meeting, Philadelphia, 
2 mo. 27, 1821, Mary Laws,-* of Philadelphia, widow, who d. 
in Bristol, Pa., i mo, 31, 1866, aged 86. She had children, 
the issue of a former marriage, but none of this marriage. 

tion, he traveled through Ohio, Indiana, Pa., and N. J.; in 1829, through Dela- 
ware, Va., and Md. ; in 1830, through Pa. and N. J.; 1831, Delaware, Md., 
and Va. ; 1832, N. Y. and Canada; 1833, New England; 1834, Ohio; 1835-37, 
England, Ireland, etc. Returning home, he ended his ministry by attending meeting 
in Camden, N. J., April 23, 1857. He went home with Joseph Kaign, of Kaign's 
Point, Gloucester Co., N. J., was taken suddenly ill, and d. May i, 1837, in the 
faith of the Gospel." " His writings abound in the spirit of toleration." — Dr. E. 

* An interesting and valuable Testimonial concerning Eliiha Daivson^ prepared by 
the Camden, Del., monthly meeting of Friends, from which some portions of the 
above account are quoted, was published in A Memorial of Deceased Fricndsy by direc- 
tion of the yearly meeting, 1841 ; S. B. Chapman & Co., Philadelphia. 

' These names and dates from the Nicholite MS. records. In the Memorial of 
Camden meeting concerning Elisha Dawson, the names of his wife's parents are 
erroneously stated to have been James and Mary Harris. At the date of their 
marriage, Elisha and Lydia Dawson were respectively less than 20 and 15 years of 
age. Early marriages were very common in those days, 

3 She appears to have been a most amiable, meek and gentle Christian woman. 
Her " advices " to her children, a copy of which was kindly furnished the compiler 
by one of the family, give evidence of a wise and pure mind, and of a tender solici- 
tude for the best welfare of her offspring. The^- were written about 1 8 1 3 ; two years 
before her decease. 

■t Dau. of Elijah and Elizabeth Milson, of Sussex Co., Del., both d. at the time of 
her marriage to Elisha Dawson. She was a member of the monthly meeting of 

The Dawson Family. 279 

2-9. Shadrach H. Dawson, b. in Caroline county, Md., 
April 23, 1768, m. Dec. 13, 1787, Ann Callahan, b. April 14, 
1770.' They lived for a time in Delaware, and removed thence 
to Lancaster, Pa., where she d. Aug. 26, 1818. He d. May 
24, 1838, and was buried in Philadelphia.^ They had ten chn. : 
3-20. William, b. in Delaware, Oct. 10, 1788, d. Aug. 3, 1789. 
3-21. Sarah, b. in Delaware, Feb. 14, 1790, d. in Phil., Feb. 11, 1870. 


3-22. Isabella, b. May 12, 1791, ni. Joshua H. Nicholson. No ac- 
count of family. 

3-23. Mary, b. Feb. 21, 1793, d. Sept. 20, 1796. 

3-24. Margaret, b. April 9, 1795, m. about 1848, Martin Ford, of 
Kent Co., Del. ; both d., no children. 

3-25. Clementina, b. Jan. i8, 1797, d. Sept. 29, 1798. 

3-26. Catharine, b. in York, Pa., March 13, 1799, d. in Philadelphia, 
May, 1847. MooRE. 

3-27. Edward C. W., b. Dec. 17, 1800, d. in Lancaster, Pa., May 20, 
1843 ; m. 

3-28. Elizabeth, b. May 22, 1802, d. in Phil., m. Perry Finder, d. 
west ; no issue. 

3-29. John, b. Dec. 21, 1805, d. Dec. 23, 1805. 

2-11. Joseph Dawson, b. in Caroline county, Md., i mo. 
26, 1773, ^- "^^'' ^^- Moriah, in Kent county, Delaware, after 
a useful and honored life, I mo. 29, 1824.3 He m. Mary 
Carter, widow of Edward Carter, and dau. of Robert and Sarah 
Russum Broadaway.'* She was b. 3 mo. 4, 1762, and d. 7 mo. 
5, 1833. They had five children : 
3-30 William, d. aged 8 years. 
3-31. Sarah, b. Dec. 14, 1795, d. infant. 
3-32. Mary, b. Dec. 14, 1797, d. young. 
3-33. Robert, b. Aug. 30, 1799, d. in his 28th year, m. Maria Cooper; 

no issue.-^ 
3-34. Mary, b. 6 mo. 19, 1801, res. 1873, near Mt. Moriah, Del. 

3-4. Joseph Dawson (son of William, 2-3), b. in Ken- 
tucky, about 1786, d. in Anderson county, in that state, 1846, 

■ Dau. of Rev. Edward Callahan and w. Sarah, formerly w. of Robert Broadaway. 
See p. 277, note i. 

= His will, recorded in Philadelphia, mentions w. Hannah. Hannah Dawson, 
widow, d. in Philadelphia, 1850. 

3 Or, Nov. 29, 1824. 

•1 She had by her first husband three children. Sister to wife of Elijah Dawson 
(1-7), and half sister to wife of Shadrach H. Dawson (2-9). 

5 Dau. of John Cooper, and niece of Rev. Ezeliiel Cooper. She m. 2d, a Mr. 
Fisher, and d. without issue by either husband. 

28 o The Dawson Family. 

aged about 60.' He had been an oiScer in the U. S. army,* 
and while stationed at Carlisle, Pa., met with Wilhelmina Creswell, 
youngest daughter of Samuel Creswell, Esq., then of Carlisle, 
formerly of Cecil county, Md. They were m. shortly after 
the close of the war. She was a gifted and lovely woman, and 
d. at Cynthiana, Ky., Dec, 4, 1819, after submitting to what 
is known as the Caesarian operation for the delivery of her only 
child :3 

4-1. Andrew Hunter Holmes, who was thus brought into the world, 
Nov. 26, 1819, res. 1873, New York city; m. 

3-5. Peter Dawson (son of William, 2-3), d. in Cynthiana, 
Harrison county, Ky., m. Jane Rankin, and had eight children, 
all b. in Ky. : 

4-2. Jared S., m. Catharine L. Armstrong, res. Bellefontaine, O. ; 8 chn. 
4-3. James, res. Missouri. 
4-4. John, d. in Ohio ; had family. 
4-5. Newton, ttvin to John, res. Missouri. 

4-6. Sarah, m. Barrett, res. Ky. 

4-7. Elizabeth. 

4-8. Anna. 

4-9. Wilhelmina. 

» During his religious labors in the west in 1828, Elisha Dawson took occasion to 
visit some of his relatives who had emigrated to that country. He mentions in his 
journal, among others, Isaac and Deborah Frampton (3-15), and his brother William's 
ion yoitpb. His journal, being an account of his religious labors mainly, whatever 
else may be gleaned from it is merely incidental. On the 27th of 9 mo., 1828, he 
was at Richmond, Wayne county, Indiana. The following is his record of his next 
journeyings : " We went down to Milton, sixteen roiles, and from thence seventy- 
five miles or near to it to my eldest son's, also to my brother William's son Joseph 
Dawson's, into a settlement of professing people of those four different societies called 
Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists and Covenanters." The compiler is indebted to 
Dr. E. Dawson for the above extract, and for a careful, but unavailing, perusal of the 
journal, in the hope of adding to the information so obtained. Joseph Dawson's 
residence at that time was in Pleasant township, Switzerland county, Indiana, one of 
the southern counties of that state, bordering on the Ohio. He had m. a second wife, 
but never had any children by her. He was engaged in merchandising in Indiana, 
but after a residence of two or three years only in that state, he returned to Ky., in 
1830. His son, Andrew H. H. Dawson, Esq., of New York city, well remembers 
Elisha Dawson's visit, and the fact that he was sent about the country on horse back 
to inform people of the neighborhood that Elisha Dawson would hold an ** appointed 
meeting " at that place. The venerable preacher was listened to with great interest, 
a large audience of the country people having gathered to hear him. " The cordiality 
with which he was received," says Mr. D., " the affection with which he was treated, 
impressed my mind at the time as much as did the statement of the fact that he was 
a kinsman." 

" " Dawson, Joseph, Kentucky, ensign 28th Inf., 20 May, and third lieut., 
August, 1813; second lieut. 4th Regt., April, 1814; disbanded, June, 1815." — 
Gardner's Army Dictionary. 

3 " My mother survived the event of my advent only nine days. She submitted 
to the Casarian section operation at the hands of Dr. Benjamin Dudley, of Lexington, 
Ky., and Dr. Israel Frazier, of Cynthiana, Nov. 26, 1819, and d. Dec. 4, 1819." — 

The Dawson Family. 281 

3-6. John Dawson (son of William, 2-3), m. Miss 
Mothershead, and d. in Ky., leaving children : 
4-10. William Henry, d. in Missouri. 
4-U. John, planter, res. Forest City, Arkansas. 
4-12. Wade, res. at the old homestead, Anderson Co., Ky. 
4-13. Charles, res. at the homestead. 

4-14. Charlotte, m. Cornelius Bogess, res. Anderson Co., Ky. 
4-15. Mary Ann, m. John McGinness, res. Anderson Co., Ky. 

3-7. Charles Dawson (son of William, 2-3), d. about 
1830, in Tippecanoe Co., Indiana, leaving children : 
4-16. William Henry. 
4-17. Eliza. 
4-18. Mary Ann. 
4-19. Sarah. 

3-12. Greenbury Dawson, farmer, b. 1785, d. in Kent 
Co., Del., April 6, 1847, aged 62, m. Mary Smith, who d. 
March 12, 1846, aged 54, dau. of Major Thomas Smith. 
They lived near Camden, Kent Co., Del., where from a small 
begiiming they attained a competence, while they "established 
a character for the graces that make life respected." They had 
six children : 

4-20. Catharine, b. Nov. 5, 1815, res. 1873, Kent Co., Del. Caulk. 
4-21. William, b. June 24, 18 17, d. near Smyrna, Del., Sept. 30, 18 54; «r. 
4-22. Tiiomas, b. Jan. 4, 1820, d. in Kent Co., Del., Nov. 23, 1858 ; m. 
4-23. Willard Hall, b Oct. 23, 1822, d. near Smyrna, Del., July 26, 

1862 ; m. 
4-2^. Mary Smith, b. Oct. 21, 1824, d. in Kent Co., Del., Sept. 4, 

1859. BoNWILL. 

4-25. Ezekiel, b. Feb. 3, 1830, res. 1873, at Woodside Mills, Kent Co., 
Del. ; OT. 

3-13. Sarah Dawson (dau. of Elijah, 2-7), m. Robert 
Dunn, of Little York, Pa., who was killed by accident in the 
prime of life by the hands of his friend and partner in business.' 
She d. in Camden, Del., Feb. 8, 1868, after a life of long 
widowhood and much affliction. They had three children : 
4-26. Thomas, b. in York, Pa., Dec. 7, 181 l, d. near Smyrna, Del., 

Dec. I, 1849 ; m. 
4-27. Robert, b. July 10, 1813, d. young. 

4-28. Daniel Doudle, b. April 4, 1815, res. 1873, near Fort Wayne, 
Ind. ; m. 

" His grandmother, Wilhelmina Margaretta Doudle, who d. Oct. zS, 18 10, was 
the sister of Gov. Snyder, of Pa. 

282 T^he Dawsoji Family. 

3-14. Daniel Dawson, b. in Caroline county, Md., 1 1 mo. 
9, 1786, m. 1st, 4 mo. 15, 1812, Sarah Stapler, daughter of 
Thomas and Margaret Stapler, of Stanton, Delaware. She d. 
9 mo. 10, 1819, in her 37th year. They resided near Stanton, 
and had three children : 
4-29. Margaret S, b. 10 mo. 31, 1813, res. 1873, Wilmington, Del.; 

4-30. Elisha, b. 5 mo. 15, 1816, d. aged 13 mos. 
4-31. Thomas S., b. 8 mo. 27, 1819, res. 1873, Waterloo, N. Y., 

watchmaker, unm. 
Daniel Dawson, m. 2d, Martha Mitchell, daughter of 
Henry and Martha Mitchell, and soon after removed to Ohio, 
where both d. He d. in Brooklyn, near Cincinnati, 9 mo. 6, 
1838, aged 52. They had two children : 
4-32. William Henry, d. young. 
4-33. Mary Ann, d. in her 2 1st year. 

3-15. Deborah H. Daivson, b. in Caroline Co., Md., 9 mo. 
22, 1789, d. in Wayne county, Ind., I mo. 11, 1856, m. i mo. 
22, 1806, Isaac Frampton, b. 7 mo. 28, 1782, d. 11 mo. 

28, 1847, son of William and Margaret Frampton, of Caroline 
Co., Md. They lived in Talbot and Caroline counties until 
1827, when, owing to their dissatisfaction with the institution 
of slavery, they removed to Wayne county, Indiana, near Milton. 
They afterwards settled in Milton, within the limits of Milford 
monthly meeting of Friends, of which meeting she was many 
years an elder, and both were consistent members. They had 
four children : 

4-34. Lydia D., b. i mo. 31, 1807, d. young. 

4-35. Margaret, b. 12 mo. 27, 1808, d. in Wayne county, Ind., 3 mo. 

26, 1841. Pr.att. 
4-36. William D., b. 10 mo. 26, 1811, res. 1873, Pendleton, Ind. ; m. 
4-37. Rhoda A., b. 6 mo. 3, 1814, res. 1873, Milton, Ind. Morris. 

3-17. William Dawson, b. in Caroline county, Md.,3mo. 

29, 1796, removed to Indiana, and had by first wife Elizabeth, 
one son : 

4-38. James, b. in Md , d. in Ind,, leaving a family- 

By second wife, Sarah , W. D. had also one son : 

4-39. George, b. in Ind., d. leaving a family. 

W. D. d. 7 mo. 26, 185 1, and was buried at Milton, Ind. 

The Dawson Family. 283 

3-18. James Dawson, b. in Caroline county, Md., 3 mo. 
25, 1799, m. in Wayne county, Indiana, 1830, Anna Wright^ 
dau. of William and Olama Wright, who was b. in same county 
1808, and d. at Fall Creek in Hancock county, 12 mo. 18, 
1842. He d. at same place, 10 mo. 20, 1850. They had four 
children : 
4-40. Lydia, b. at Fall Creek, Ind., 1831, d. at Richmond, Ind., 8 mo. 

5, 1868. Stratton. 
4-41. Sarah Ann, b. at Fall Creek, 1833, res. 1873, Lawrence, Kansas. 

4-42. Celia Anna, b. in Milton, Ind., 1839, res. 1873, Lawrence, 

Kansas. Geary. 
4-43. Rhoda, b. at Fall Creek, 1842, res. 1873, Litile Sandusky, Ohio. 


3-21. Sarah Dawson {dLZu. of Shadrach, 2-9), b. in Delaware, 
Feb. 14, 1790, d. in Philadelphia, Feb. 11, 1870, m. July 28, 
1 8 14, William Toland, who was b. in Maryland, Jan. 28, 
1783, son of James and Elizabeth Toland. They had seven 
children : 
4-44. Margaret, b. in Lancaster, Pa., Aug. 26, 1815, res. 1873, in 

Philadelphia. Rhoads. 
4-45. Ann, b. Sept. 23, 1817, d. Dec. 25, 1821. 

4-46. William Shadrach, b. Nov. 5, 1819, res. 1873, Philadelphia ; m. 
4-47. Edward, b. July 19, 1822, d. June II, 1823. 
4-48. Emanuel H., b. Nov. 5, 1824, res. 1873, Philadelphia ; m. 
4-49. Catharine, b. Aug. 25, 1826, d. Sept. 4, 1842. 
4-50. Hannah, b. Sept. 7, 1831, d. May 4, 1837. 

3-26. Catharine Dawson (dau. of Shadrach, 2-9), b. in York, 
Pa., March 13, 1799, d. in Philadelphia, Pa., May, 1847, '"• 
May 2, 1820, James Moore, who was b. in Kent county, 
Delaware, Jan. 23, 1791, and d. in Philadelphia, April, 1839. 
They had nine children : 
4-51. Ann, b. Feb. 20, 1821, d. Oct. 13, 1825. 
4-52. Isaac, b. July 29, 1822, res. Philadelphia ; m. 
4-53. William Edward, b. Dec. 21, 1823, res. Philadelphia ; m. 
4-54. Shadrach Dawson, b. Nov. 4, 1825, d. in Philadelphia, 1851 ; m. 
4-55. Hannah, b. June 15, 1827, m. George Angood. 
4-56. Catharine, b. May 20, 1829. Barber. 
4-57. Perry, b. March 28, 183 I, d. July 3, 1833. 
4-58. James, b. Nov. 16, 1832, d. in Cuba, 1854. 
4-59. Elizabeth Davis, b. April 23, 1834, d. Feb. 26, 1838. 

3-27. Edward C. W. Dawson, b. Dec. 17, 1800. He 
was a hardware merchant in Lancaster, Pa., where he d. May 

284 "^f^^ Dawson. Family. 

20, 1843. He m. Feb., 1824, Catharine Raisner^ who d. in 
Philadelphia, March 27, 1847. (^^^ remains of both interred 
in Monument Cemetery, Philadelphia). Their only child was : 
4-60. John Beiiler, b. in Lancaster, Dec. 9, 1824, res. 1873, Washington, 

D. C, coal and wood merchant, unm. 

3-34. Mary Daw ion (dau. of Joseph Dawson, 2-1 1), b. in 
Kent Co., Del., 6 mo. 19, 1801, resides, 1873, on her father's 
homestead, near Mt. Moriah, in Kent county. She m. June 

21, 1822, Isaac Gruwell, who was b. 6 mo. 12, 1792, and 
d.. 4 mo. 8, 1849, s°" °f John and Rachel Gruwell. They 
had six children, all b. in Kent county : 

4-61. Elizabeth, b. Oct. 7, 1824, d. aged 2 mos. 

4-62. Joseph D., b. March 19, 1828, res. in Kent Co. ; m. 

4-63. Eliza Ann, b. Oct. 7, 1831, m. Dec. 31, 1861, Wm- Meredith, 

b. Jan. 18, 1809, res. 1873, ^^ Marydell, Caroline Co., Md. ; 

no issue.' 
4-64. John, b. Aug. 8, 1833, res. in Kent Co., Del. ; m. 
4-65. Isaac, b. May 8, 1836, res. in Caroline Co., Md. ; m. 
4-66. William, b. Sept. 28, 1839. 

4-1. Andrew Hunter Holmes Dawson (son of Joseph, 
3-4), commenced the study of law at Versailles, Ky., in 1838, 
under Thomas F. Marshall, and continued the study under 
Judge Stephen C. Stevens, at Madison, Indiana. He was ad- 
mitted to the bar in Louisville, Ky., in April, 1841, and after 
practicing his profession a few months in that city, removed to 
St. Louis, Mo., in January, 1842. Considerations of health 
induced him to abandon a profitable practice there, in Feb., 
1846, when he removed to Warrenton, Ga. Thence he re- 
moved in 1848 to Augusta, Ga., and thence in 1854 to Savan- 
nah, where he remained until i860, having been, during his 
entire term of residence in Georgia, chiefly engaged in his 
professional business, wherein he had gained not only fame, but 
fortune. As a criminal lawyer, Mr. Dawson is said to have 
had few, if any, equals in the South. He is a brilliant and 
forcible, though an impetuous and somewhat erratic, speaker 
and writer. His oratory flashes with wit and humor, melts with 
pathos, and scathes and burns with satire and denunciation, by 

■ His id wife. By his ist wife, Sally Ann Knom, he had nine children. He 
W.1S son of Job Meredith and his 2d wife Elizabeth Hatfield; gr. son of Job (d. 
1762), and Rebecca Da-vn Meredith; gt. gr. son of Robert Meredith, who came 
from Wales, and settled in Kent county, Delaware, thirteen miles south of Dover. 

C_^^\\Av«ivO >\lf\si 

CV^OJ^O vv 

284 '^^^ Dawson Family. 

io, 1843. He m. Feb., 1824, Catharine Raisner, who d. in 
Philadelphia, Marr^ ?-, 184.7. (The remains of both interred 
in Monument ' .idelphia). Their only child was : 

4-60. John Bt;i:: Dec. 9, 1824, res. 1873, Washington, 

i ) : ' ,, ...rchant, unm. 

;l ;? - // (dau. of Joseph Dawson, 2-1 1), b. in 

\: 1. mo. 19, i8ci, resides, 1873, on her father's 

;! Mt. Moriah, in Kent county. She m. June 

c Gruwell, who was b. 6 mo. 12, 1792, and 

a, 1849, son of John and Rachel Gruwell. They 

hildren, all h. in Kent county : 

d 2 mos. 

■-■. in Kent Co. ; m. 
•. 31, 1861, Wm. Meredith,- 
Marydell, Caroline Co., Md. ; 

- Co., Del. ; m. 
:.z Co., Md. ; m. 

k)N (son of Joseph, 
riles, Ky., in 1838, 
.cd the study under 
:.. Indiana. He was ad- 
Jn April, 1841, and after 
\n-At city, removed to 
-iilerations of health 
ce there, in Feb,, 
:i. Thence he re- 
in 1854 to Savan- 
. been, during his 
;■.■ engaged in his 
p: ..,ot only fame, but 

tortunt. 1 is said to have 

had few, . is a brilliant and 

forcible, th^ni^h ,.ii :nM.K-iuiJus a:iu somewhat erratic, speaker 
and writer. His oratory flashes with wit and humor, melts with 
n.uhos. and sca^hn^ inil liiirns with satire and denunciation, by 

V Ann Knttti, he bad nine children. He 
:V Elizabeth Hatfield; gr. son of Job (d. 
,'jv:, .mrcaiiiij gt. gr. son of Robert Meredith, who came 
and letiJea in Kent county, Delaware, thirteen miles south of Dover. 


7l\\cVv<ivO ^W(S^c*.vv5^0 

The Dawson Family. 285 

turns, as suits the subject, or the purpose he may have to accom- 
plish. He possesses a remarkably retentive memory, and his 
facility of illustration, by apt quotations from a wide range of 
classical literature, and by the most varied and original anecdotes, 
is one of his most striking characteristics. 

In i860 he removed to Mobile, Ala., and having been ap- 
pointed, shortly after, chairman of the state executive committee 
of the Constitutional Union party, and nominated a candidate 
for presidential elector on the Bell & Everett ticket, he stumped 
the state in its behalf, using all his influence to stay the tide 
which had already set in for secession, and which finally proved 
irresistible and overwhelming. Abandoning hope of a "consti- 
tutional unior^," he allied himself, on the outbreak of the civil 
war, to the fortunes of the South, and became an ardent supporter 
of the southern cause, although not in arms. During the first 
two years of the war he resided chiefly at Richmond, in order 
to be near his son who was in the Confederate army ; after that, 
until the close of the struggle, he sojourned as a refugee in 
various southern towns and states. He was elected colonel of 
a Ky. Reg't. in the Confederate service, but was not commis- 
sioned. At the close of the war, the National Government 
having triumphed, he acquiesced, as a matter of principle, in the 
new order of things, and has since labored effectively, with 
tongue and pen, to promote harmony between the North and 
South, and for the best welfare, as judged from his stand point, 
of the whole country. He has been for many years the political 
and intimate personal friend of Hon. Alexander H. Stephens, 
of Georgia, with whom he maintains a frequent and confidential 

In July, 1865, Mr. Dawson removed to New York city, 
where, in the midst of active and successful practice, he finds 
time for occasional addresses and lectures on literary, social and 
political topics.^ 

* L. J. Bigclow, in his Bench and Bar ; its H^it, Humor^ Asperities, &ff., relates an 
anecdote of Mr. Dawson and Mr. Stephens, in which Mr. D. is referred to ■ as 
" formerly a member of Congress from Georgia." This is an error. Mr. Dawson 
was otfered and declined a nomination for Congress while a resident of Georgia, but 
was never a candidate for that office. 

= Mr. Dawson has taken an active interest in measures looking to the introduction 
and general use of steam power for canal navigation. He was largely instrumental 
in procuring the passage of an act by the New York state legislature in 1871, pro- 
viding for a competitive trial of all inventions by which steam or any motor, other 
than animal power, could be practically and profitably applied to the propulsion of 

286 'The Dawson Fatnily. 

He m. in Louisville, Ky., July 4, 1841, Lucy Ann Wicker- 
sham, dau. of Ambrose and Catharine George Wickersham, of 
that city. They have one son : 

5-1. Joseph Story, b. in St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 8, 1842, res 1873, Ar- 
kansas ; ' unm. 

4-20. Catharine Dawson, b. in Kent Co., Del., Nov. 5, 
1815 (dau, of Greenbury, 3-12), m. Feb. ir, 1836, William 
S. Caulk, who was b. in Kent county, Del., Feb. 29, 18 12. 
They res. 1873, in Camden, Kent county, Del., and have had 
nine children : 
5-2. Deborah Ann, b. Dec. 10, 1836, res. 1873, Wilmington, Del., 

m. Sept. 17, 1863, A. PiTNER Osmond: no issue. 
5-3. Mary Catharine, b. July, 29, 1839, d. Dec. 28, .1864. Gooden. 
5-4. Levin Dawson, b. July 14, 1841, res. 1873, Collinsville, 111. ; m. 
5-5. William John, b. July iz, 1843, d. Jan. 24, 1865, while at school 

in Wilmington, Del. ; unm. 
5-6. Robert Kemp, b. Aug. i, 1845, res. 1873, Collinsville, 111. ; m. 
5-7. Sarah Lucretia, b. Jan. 21, 1848, d. Nov. 15, 1857. 
5-8. Nathan Henry, b. Jan. 20, 1851, res. 1873, Camden, Del. ; unm. 
5-9. Susan Coburn, b. June 23, 1853, d. July 13, 18153. 
5-10. EHzabeth Horsey, b. June 3, 1856, res. 1873, Camden, Del. 

4-21. William Dawson, b. near Camden, Kent Co., Del., 
June 24, 1817, d. near Smyrna, Del., Sept. 30, 1854, aged 37. 
He was a man of more than ordinary force of character, a hard 
worker, amassing a good property, and one of the most successful 
farmers of Kent county. " His motto was, ' I must work to 
day as if I were to live forever here, and live and pray as if I 
were to die to morrow.' " He m. Dec. 29, 1840, Eli2.abeth G, 
Brittingham.'' They had eight children : 
5-11. .-^nna Mary, b. near Barrett's Chapel, Del., Oct. 17, 1841, d. 

Aug. 10, 1842. 
5-12. Sarah Isabella, b. near Barrett's Chapel, Jan. 28, 1844, d. near 

Smyrna, Dd., July 27, 1849. 

boats on the canals ; offering a reward of $100,000, for the introduction of any plan 
which should prove to be better and more economical than the existing method of 
towage. One of the competing inventors, Mr. Thomas Main, exhibited a boat named 
in Mr. Dawson's honor, the steamer " Dawson." The award of the commissioners 
is not yet made (Dec, 1873). 

' Entered the Confederate army, as a private in the Third Ala. Regt., and was 
transferred to the Fourth La. Battalion, and after the expiration of his term of en- 
listment he re-entered the service in the Twelfth Ga. Battalion. He was promoted 
to the rank of captain, and though in forty-six regular battles and many skirmishes, 
was never wounded. 

" She m. 2d, William P. Smithers, Esq., uncle to Hon. N. B. Smithers, lately a 
representative in Congress from Delaware. They reside in Smyrna. 

The Dawson Family. 287 

5-13. Thomas Greenbury, b. near Barrett's Chapel, Dec. 12, 1845, 
served as private in the 6th and 7th Delaware Regts. in late war, 
and is now a practicing dentist at Cambridge, Md. ; unm. 

S-14. iVlary J., b. near Barrett's Chapel, Dec. 1, 1847, res. 1873, 
Moorton Station, Del. Smith. 

5-1 5. Margaretta, b. near Smyrna, Del., Dec. 10, 1849, res. 1873, 
Bishop's Corner, Kent Co., Del. Bishop. 

i;-i6. William H., b. near Smyrna, March 12, 1851, res. near Kirk- 
wood, New Castle county, Del. ; m. 

5-17. Ezekiel Warner, teacher, b. near Smyrna, July 25, 1853, res. 
1873, Newcastle, Del. ; U7im. 

5-18. John George, b. in Camden, Del., May 12, 1855, student, 1873, 
at State Normal School, Millersville, Pa. 

4-22. Thomas Dawson, b. in Kent county, Del., Jan. 4, 
1820, d. in same county, Nov. 23, 1858, m. Hester Green, b. 
July 9, 1818, d. in Kent county, Feb. 8, 1865. They had 
five children : 

5-19. Mary Emma, b. Jan. 21, 1845, d. Aug. 25, 1863 ; urim. 
5-20. Edward, b. May 8, 1846, d. Nov. 3, 1856. 
5-21. Theodore, b. Feb. 4, 1849, d. Aug. 9, 1859. 
5-22. Eugene, b. Feb. 23, 1851, res. 1873, Wilmington, Del., watch- 
maker ; unm. 
5-23. Louisa S., b. Nov. 27, 1855, res. 1873, Philadelphia; unm. 

4-23. WiLLARD Hall Dawson, b. in Kent county, Del., 
Oct. 23, 1822, resided at Raymond's Neck near Smyrna, Del. 
He d. suddenly, July 26, 1862, from being thrown from a horse 
before the knives of a reaping machine. He m. Sarah Ann 
Herring, who res. a widow, 1873, in Philadelphia. They had 
five children : 
5-24. Elma, d. young. 

5-25. Laura, m. Nehemhh Draper, res. 1873, Milford, Del.; one ch. 
5-26. Olley, res. Philadelphia. 
5-27. Jennie, res. Philadelphia. 
5-28. Mary, res. Pliiladelphia. 

4-24. Mary Smith Dawson, b. in Kent county, Del., Oct. 
21, 1824 (dau. of Greenbury, 3-12), d. in same county, Sept. 
4, 1859. ^^^ •"• Peter L. Bonwill, who res. 1873, '" K^^'i' 
county. One child : 
5-29. EmilcVolney, b. Sept. 12, 1850, now at school in Philadelphia, ««ot. 

4-25. Dr. EzEKiELDAWSON,b. near Camden, Kent county, 
Del., Feb. 3, 1830, graduated in Medical Department of the 

288 The 'Dawson Family. 

University of Pennsylvania, 1853. ^^ first engaged in prac- 
tice at Vernon, in Kent county, at which place, while hunting 
with a party of friends, he was accidentally shot by one of them, 
thus losing the sight of his left eye. Being disabled for some 
time by this accident, he relinquished his practice at Vernon, 
and while convalescing removed to Camden, in the same county, 
where he has since devoted many years to his profession, 
achieving a good reputation in medicine and surgery, and being 
especially successful in the treatment of the diseases of children. 
He became a licensed preacher in the Methodist Episcopal 
church in 1857. ^^ entered the United States service in 
March, 1862, as assistant surgeon in the 3d Regt. of Delaware 
Infantry ; was soon after commissioned as surgeon of the 2d 
Regt., and detailed for Post duty, being appointed medical 
director of the Post at Harper's Ferry. Failing health compelled 
him to resign his commission, but soon after, his health improv- 
ing, he reentered the service as volunteer surgeon, and served 
in Tilton Hospital, Wilmington, and afterwards at Annapolis 
Junction. Dr. Dawson m. in Camden, May 10, 1854, Sall'te 
Clark, b. Aug. 31, 1830, d. in Camden, May 28, 1867, dau. 
of Frisby Bewley and Maria Sharp Clark.' They had six chn. : 
5-30. Kate, b. Sept. 4, 1855, d. March 18, 1859. 
5-31. Edgar Smith, b. Dec. 22, 1857, d. Dec. 27, i860. 
5-32. Maria Clark, b. May 8, i860, d. Jan. 16, 1861. 
5-33. Mary, b. March 18, 1862. 
5-34. Anna Coburn, b. Aug. 9, 1864. 
5-35. William, b. May 18, 1867. 

Dr. Dawson m. 2d, Nov. 30, 1869, Ruth Anna Coursey, 
dau. of Thomas B. Coursey, Esq.,= of Spring Mills, Kent 
county, Delaware, and w. Sally Ann JVihon, dau. of William 
and Ruth Cardeen Wilson. Mrs. D. is an indefatigable sabbath 

» "Mrs. Dawson was more than usually respected and beloved, being so careful 
for the good and comfort of others she practiced much self denial She was a Christian 
of the strongest faith. Dying fully concious, she gave up, without a murmur, child- 
ren, husband and mortal life, for that she esteemed far better, Jesus and eternal 
life. She was a grand niece of Rev. Solomon Sharp, one of the old pioneer Metho- 
dist preachers of the county, and a man of great eloquence and strong character." — 
Dr. E. Dawson. 

= Mr. Coursey was nominated on the republican ticket for governor of Delaware in 
1870, and although leading his ticket, was defeated. He is a writer of good ability, 
contributing regularly to local journals and magazines articles on temperance, agricul- 
ure, and sometimes purely literary subjects. 

The Dawson Family. 289 

school worker, and greatly esteemed. They res. 1873, at 
Woodside Mills, near Camden, in Kent county, where he has 
recently erected and is conducting a factory for the manufac- 
ture of materials for the upholsterers' trade. Dr. Dawson is 
understood to be engaged in collecting materials for a history of 
the Nicholites, and an account of their descendants. The com- 
piler is largely indebted to him for information in regard to the 
family of William Dawson.' 

4-26. Thomas Dunn, b. in York, Pa., Dec. 7, 181 1, d. 
near Smyrna, Del., Dec. i, 1849, "i- 1831, Ann Clements, b. 
May 4, 1813, d. Dec. i, 1849, dau. of Thomas and Mary 
Clements. They lived near Camden, Del. Seven children : 
5-36. Robert G., b. 1832, res. near Camden, Del. ; m. 
5-37. Edwin, b. Dec. 2Z, 1834, res. 1873, Philadelphia; m. 
5-38. Mary Hester, b. March 7, 1837, d. in Philadelphia, May 16, 

1872, unrn. 
5-39. Sarah Isabel, b. Sept. 5, 1839, res. 1873, Camden, Del. Tinley. 
5-40. Francis Marion, b. Jan. 26, 1842, res. 1873, Marydell, Md. ; m. 
5-41. Thomas C, b. April 26, 1845, res. 1873, Philadelphia ; m. 
5-42. William, b. Aug. 14, 1847, d. 1849. 

4-28. Daniel D. Dunn, b. April 4, 1815, served in the 
war with Mexico, resides, 1873, near Fort Wayne, Indiana, m. 
1st, Harriet Marvel, daughter of David Marvel, of Willow 
Grove, Del. She d. leaving one child : 
5-43. Margaretta. Carter ; Coppee. 

Mr. Dunn, m. 2d, Sarah Gooden, daughter of John Gooden. 
She d. leaving one child : 
5-44. John Wesley, d. suddenly, a young man, unm. 

Mr. Dunn, m. 3d, Caroline tViggins, of Indiana. They have 
three children, names not communicated. 

4-35. Margaret Frampton, b. in Md., 12 mo. 27, 1808, m. 
in Md., 1827, Henry Pratt. They removed to Indiana in 

■ Under a recent date, Dr. Dawson wrote as follows : " This I can say with deep 
gratitude : 1 know of no case of intemperance very closely allied to the family, nor 
have I any knowledge of any great scandal tarnishing its character. It has preserved 
the religious integrity of its parent stock. Nearly all the Dawsons have been and are 
professing Christians. They have been practical working people, but few of them 
ever attained wealth. Their connections by marriage have always been with families 
of equal or superior standing, save one or two exceptions. A mechanical genius is 
hereditary in the family ; yet few of them have pursued trades, but have used the 
gift in a general practical way. A friendly feeling strengthening the relational tie 
has always seemed to pervade the family." 


290 The Dawson Family. 

1828, and settled in Wayne Co., where she d. 3 mo. 26, 1841, 

leaving seven children : 

5-45. Robert H., b. 7 mo. 16, 1828, d. in Ind. ; m. 

5-46. William T., b. 5 mo. 15, 1830, d. young. 

5-47. Caroline E., b. I mo. 4, 1832, d. 12 mo. 7, 1854. Gray. 

5-48. Philip, b. 10 mo. 10, 1833, res. near Indianapolis, Ind. ; has 

5-49. Margaret A., b. 7 mo. 18, 1835, d. young. 
5-50. Isaac F., b. 5 mo. 28, 1 839, killed by rail road accident near 

Indianapolis, unm. 
5-51. James, b. 2 mo. 12, 1841, res. near Indianapolis ; has family. 

4-36. William D. Frampton, b. in Md., 10 mo. 26, 
1811, m. in Milton, Ind., i mo. 25, 1838, Sarah Bell. They 
removed to Madison county, Ind., in i860, within the limits of 
Fall Creek Monthly Meeting of Friends, of which they are 
members. They res. at Pendleton, and have had eleven chn. : 
5-52. Henry Justice, b. 12 mo. 24, 1838, d. 6 mo. 26, 1843. 
5-53. Isaac Bell, b. 8 mo. 20, 1840, d. 3 mo. 24, 1841. 
5-54. William Calvin, b. 10 mo. 16, 1842, res. Pendleton, Ind. ; m. 
5-55. Elisha Dawson, b. 4 mo. 22, 1844, d. 9 mo. 26, 1864 ; unm. 
5-56. Arthur Elvvood, b 6 mo. 12, 1847. 
5-57. George Morris, b. 4 mo. 11, 1849. 
5—158. Charles Launcelot, b. 12 mo. 26, 1851. 
5-59. Mary Deborah, b. I mo. 10, 1854. 
5-60. Anna Margaret, b. 4 mo. 15, 1856. 
5-61. Joseph Justice, b. 4 mo. 7, 1858. 
5-62. John Edgar, b. 1 mo. 14, 1861. 

4-3T. Rhoda A. Frampton., b. in Md., 6 mo. 3, 1814, m. in 
Milton, Ind., 12 mo. 22, 1831, George D. Morris, son of 
Aaron and Lydia Morris, of Wayne county, Indiana. He d. 
in Milton, 9 mo. 23, 1843, where she still resides. Five chn. : 
5-63. William F., b. 12 mo. 9, 1832, res. Pendleton, Ind. ; m. 
5-64. Aaron, b. 11 mo. 23, 1834, res. Milton, Ind. ; m. 
5-65. Mary E., b. 7 mo. 20, 1837, res. Connersville. Ind. Tatman. 
5-66. Ruth .Anna, b. 8 mo. 13, 1840, res. Richmond, Ind. Huston. 
5-67. Elmira Jane, b. 4 mo. 8, 1843, res. Milton, Ind., unm. 

4-40. Lydla Dawson, b. at Fall Creek, Hancock Co., Ind., 
1831 (dau. of James, 3-18), m. in Richmond, Ind., Joseph 
Stratton, who was b. in Richmond, 1837, son of Benjamin 
and Emily Stratton. She d. in Richmond, Aug. 5, 1868. He 
res. 1873, '" Texas. Three children, all b. in Richmond : 

The Dawson Family. 291 

5-68. [Stratton], Josie, b. 1862. 
5-69. Russell, b. 1863. 
5-70. Walter, b. 1866. 

4-41. Sarah Ann Dawson, b. at Fall Creek, Ind., 1833 
(dau. of James, 3-18), m. in Richmond, Ind., 1858, David 
Thomas, who was b. in Fayette county, Ky,, 1827, son of 
Nathan and Martha Thomas. They res. in Lawrence, Kansas. 
Two children, both b. in Richmond : 
5-71. Clara, b. 1858. 
5-72. Emma, b. 1862. 

4-42. Celia Anna Dawson, b. in Milton, Ind., 1839 (dau. of 
James, 3-18), m. in Richmond, Ind., Jan. i, 1862, Solomon 
Geary, who was b. in Montp;omery county, Pa., 1832, son of 
Peter and Lydia Geary. They res. in Lawrence, Kansas. 
Four children : 

5-73. Viola E,, b. in Richmond, Ind., Sept. 29, 1863. 
5-74. Emma M., b. in Gallia Co., O., Oct. 6, 1866. 
5-75. William T., b. in Richmond, Ind., Sept. 10, 1869. 
5-76. Charles' O., b. in Lawrence, Kansas, July 27, 1872. 

4-43. Rhoda Dawson, b. at Fall Creek, Ind., 1842 (dau. of 
James, 3-18), m. in Muncie, Ind., 1868, Charles Orr, who 
was b. in Sandusky, O., son of James Orr. They res. 1873, 
Little Sandusky, O. One child : 

5-77. Ada Bell, b. in Litde Sandusky, 1872. 

4-44. Margaret Toland, b. in Lancaster, Pa., Aug. 26, 
1815 (dau. of William, 3-21), m. in Philadelphia, Dec. 10, 
1839, Jeremiah Rhoads, who was b. in Berks Co., Pa., Sept. 
5, 1817. They res. 1873, '" Philadelphia. Seven children: 
5-78. Catharine Ann, b. March 29, 1841, m. Edwin Dunn (5-37 of 

this record). 
5-79. William Henry, b. July 14, 1842, d. Aug. 6, 1 842. 
5-80. Sarah Elizabeth, b. Dec. 10, 1844, res. Philadelphia. Ferrill. 
S-81. William H., b. Sept. 29, 1847, d. March 27, 1848. 
5-82. Joseph, b. Sept. 30, 1850, d. Oct. 4, 1850. 
5-83. William, b. May 2, 1852, res. Philadelphia ; m. 
S-84. Edward Turner, b. Feb. 10, 1857, d. Feb. 26, 1857. 

4-46. William Shadrach Toland, b. Nov. 5, 1819, 
m. in Philadelphia, Feb. 18, 1845, Matilda Peri!ns,who was 
b. in Phil., March 13, 1822, dau, of Henry and Cyrus Perkins. 

292 The Dawson Family. 

They res. 1873, in Philadelphia, of which city Mr. T. is an 

alderman. They have four children : 

5-85. Kate, b. Dec. 2, 1845, res. 1873, Mansfield, O. Custer. 

5-86. Alice, b. Aug. 22, 1847, res. Philadelphia; unrn. 

5-87. Mary, b. Nov, 27, 1849, res. Philadelphia; unm. 

5-88. William Perkins, b. Aug. 24, 1857, res. Philadelphia. 

4-48. Emanuel H. Toland, b. in Lancaster, Pa., Nov. 
5, 1824, m. in Philadelphia, January, 1848, Martha T. Mat- 
lack^ who was b. in New Jersey, 1822. They res. 1873, in 
Philadelphia. Mr. Toland is General Agent for the Methodist 
Episcopal Home Missionary Society of Philadelphia, and is a 
local preacher in his denomination. He has spent much of his 
life in Sabbath School Missionary work, and in the interests of 
the reformatory institutions of Philadelphia. Five children : 
5-89. Emma Dawson, b. Nov. 2, 1848, res. 1873, Paulsboro, N. J. 


5-90. Sarah Louisa, b. Sept., 1851, res. Philadelphia ; unm. 
5-91. William Bartine, b. Aug. 8, 1854, res. Philadelphia. 
5-92. Mary, b. April 20, 1857, d. 1861. 
5-93. Laura V., b. Dec, 1861, d. Dec, 1868. 

4-52. Isaac Moore, b. July 29, 1822, tn, Catharine Bassett 
Urch., b. in Md., March 12, 1826. They res. 1873, in Phila- 
delphia. Five children : 

5-94. William, b. July 20, 1846, res. Philadelphia ; m. 
5-95. Isaac Albert, b. Sept. 26, 1848, res. Philadelphia. 
5-96. George Evans, b. Jan. 27, 1851, res. Philadelphia. 
5-97. Charlotte Elizabeth, b. Sept. 13, 1853, d. July 10, 1859. 
5-98. Henry Clay, b. Nov. 30, 1855. 

4-53. William Edward Moore, b. Dec. 21, 1823, m. 
Sarah E. Tarbutton. Res. Sutlersville, Queen Anne Co., Md. 
Five children : 

5-99. James, m. res. Baltimore. 
5-100. Charles. 
5-10 1. William. 
5-102. Emma. 
5-103. Mary. 

4-54. Shadrach Dawson Moore, b. Nov. 4, 1825, d. in 
Philadelphia, 1851, m. Sarah Painter. One child : 
5-104. Mary Shadrach, d. 1855. 

4-56. Catharine Moore., b. May 20, 1829 (dau. of James, 
3-26), m. David L. Barber. Four children : 

The Dawson Family. 293 

5-105. [Barber], Anna. 
5-106. William. 
5-107. Margaret. 
5-108. Charlotte. 

4-62. Joseph D. Gruwell, farmer, b. in Kent county, 
Delaware, March 19, 1828, m. Jan., 1852, Caroline Lewis, 
dau. of John and Susan Cooper Lewis.' They res. 1873, in 
Kent county, at the former homestead of his grandfather, 
Joseph Dawson (2-1 1). Eight children : 
5-109. Isaac L. 
5-1 10. Eliza Jane. 
5-111. Malinda. 
5-112. Robert. 
5-113. Joseph. 
5-1 14. Hermon. 
5-1 15. John Marley. 
5-116. Susan Elva. 

4-64. John Gruwell, farmer, b. in Kent county, Dela- 
ware, Aug. 8, 1833, m. Dec. 25, 1855, Elizabeth A. Lewis, 
sister to wife of Joseph D. Gruwell (4-62). They res. 1873, 
in Kent county. Six children : 
5-117. William Walter. 
5-118. Joseph Edward. 
5-119. Mary Emily. 
5-120. Watson. 
5-121. Henry. 


4-65. Isaac Gruwell, farmer, b. in Kent county, Dela- 
ware, May 8, 1836, m. 1861, Mary Ann Burt. They res. 
1873, in Caroline Co., Md. Four children: 
5-123. Francis. 
5-124. William. 
5-125. Frederick. 
5-126. Mary. 

5-3. Mary Catharine Caulk, b. July 29, 1839 (dau. of Wil- 
liam S., 4-20), d. Dec. 28, 1864, m. Feb. 13, 1861, George 
Henry Gooden, who d. Dec. 2, 1864, son of Thomas and 
Ellen Gooden, of Willow Grove, Del. Two children ; res. 
1873, Kent Co., Del. : 
6-1. Edgar. 
6-2. George. 

' Susan Cooper was sister to wife of Robert Dawson {3-33), John Lewis was her 
second husband. She m. 1st, Edward Upton ; 3d, Samuel S. Cooper ; now a widow. 

294 ^^^ Dawson Family. 

5-4. Levin Dawson Caulk, b. in Kent county, Del., July 
14, 1841, m. Mary Osmond, dau. of Aaron P. Osmond. They 
res. 1873, Collinsvilie, Madison Co., 111. One child living : 
6-3. Florence. 

5-6. Robert Kemp Caulk, b. in Kent county, Del., Aug. 
I, 1845, f"- ^""'' Jones. Res. 1813, near Collinsvilie, 111. 
One child living : 
6-4. Clarence. 

5-14. Mary J. Dawson, b. near Barrett's Chapel, Del., 
Dec. I, 1847 (dau. of William, 4-21), m. March 21,1871, 
John M. Smith, M. D., who was b. near Smyrna, Del., March 
ig, 1839, son of William F. and Annie Smith. Residence, 
1873, Moorton Station, Kent county, Del. 

5-15. Margaretta Dawson, b. near Smyrna, Del., Dec. lO, 
1849 (dau. of William, 4-21), m. Jan. 4, 1867, John H. Bishop. 
They res. 1873, ^^ Bishop's Corner, Kent county, Del. 

5-16. William H. Dawson, b. near Smyrna, Del., March 
12, 1851, m. Feb. 12, 1873, Carrie E. Steivart. They res. 
near Kirkwood, New Castle county, Del. 

5-36. Robert G. Dunn, b. 1832, m. April 12, 1858, Re- 
becca Reynolds, dau. of John and Margaret Reynolds. They 
res. 1873, near Camden, Del. Four children: 
6-5. Lara, b. March 28, 1859, d. July 9, 1859. 
6-6. William Francis, b. June 5, i86o. 
6-7. Alfred Clifton, b. June 21, 1862. 
6-8. George H., b. June 21, 1870. 

5-37. Edwin Dunn, b. Dec. 22, 1834, m. Sept. 16, 
1859, Catharine Rhoads [^-ji of this record). They res. 1873, 
in Philadelphia. Seven children : 
6-9. William R., b.Sept. 10, i860. 
6-10. Thomas, b. Sept. 16, 1862, d. young. 
6-11. Henry R., b. Nov. 27, 1863. 
6-12. John W., b. Feb. 16, 1866. 
6-13. Margaret, b. March 5, 1868. 
6-14. Anna C, b. March 17, 1870. 
6-15. Lillie M., b. May 12, 1872. 

The Dawson Family. 295 

5-39. Sarah Isabel Dunn, b. Sept. 5, 1839 (dau. of Thomas, 
4-26), m. Jan. 11, 1859, John Tinley, who d. Dec. 26, 1869, 
leaving one child : 
6-16. Wilbur D., b. Jan. 25, 1864, res. Camden, Del. 

5-40. Francis Marion Dunn, b. in Kent Co., Del., Jan. 
26, 1842, m. Jan. 3, 1867, Josephine Mcllvaine, who was b. 
in Kent county, Del., Feb. 15, 1848, dau. of Thomas H. and 
Jane Conwell Mcllvaine. They res. 1873, ^' Marydell, Del. 
Two children : 

6-17. Thomas Francis, b. Feb. 3, 1868. 
6-18. Frederick Conwell, b. Aug. 30, 1870. 

5-41. Thomas C. Dunn, b. April 26, 1845, m. 1869, 
Mary El'i%abeth McGuinness. Res. 1873, Philadelphia, Pa. 
Two children : 
6-19. Pierce Y., b. 1870. 
6-20. Elmer, b. 1872. 

5-43. Margaretta Dunn (dau. of Daniel D., 4-28), m. ist, 
John Carter, who died early, leaving one child : 
6-2 1 . Emma Dawson. 

Margaretta m. 2d, Mr. Coppee, of Chestertown, Md. 

5-45. Robert H. Pratt, b. 7 mo. 16, 1828, d. in Indiana 
from wounds received in late war, leaving one child : 
6-22. Katie, res. 1873, Indianapolis. 

5-47. Caroline E. Pratt, b. I mo. 4, 1832, d. 12 mo. 7, 
1854 (dau. of Henry, 4-35), m. Joseph Gray. One child : 
6-23. Margaret, res. Dublin, Wayne Co., Ind. 

5-54. William Calvin Frampton, b. 10 mo. 16, 1842, 
m. 2 mo. 18, 1869, Anna S. Cockayne. They res. 1873, Pen- 
dleton, Indiana. Two children : 
6-24. Martha Cockayne, b. 2 mo. 3, 1871. 
6-25. Walter Henry, b. 1 mo. i, 1873. 

5-63. William F. Morris, b. in Ind., 12 mo. 9, 1832, 
m. 12 mo. 25, '1856, Mary Ellen Swain, b. in Bucjcs county, 
Pa., 5 mo. 29, 1837, dau. of Charles and Sarah Ann Swain, 

296 T^he Dawso7i Family. 

since of Fall Creek, Ind. They res. in Pendleton, Ind. Six 

children : 

6-26. Lizzie E., b. 7 mo. 12, 1858, d. young. 

6-27. Emma Caroline, b. 9 mo. 20, i860. 

6-28, George D., b. 5 mo. 25, 1864.. 

6-29. Anna P., b. 9 mo. 5, 1866. 

6-30. Willie, b. I mo., 1871, d. an infant. 

6-31. Sarah Ella, b. 9 mo., 1 872. 

5-64. Aaron Morris, b. in Ind., 11 mo. 23, 1834, m. 12 
mo. 21, 1865, Martha M. Thomas, b. near Pendleton, Ind., 
2 mo. 3, 1839, dau. of Lewis and Priscilla Thomas. They res. 
in Milton, Wayne Co., Ind. Two children : 
6-32. Luella T., b. 7 mo. 30, 1867. 
6-33. Willie, b. 4 mo. 18, 1871. 

5-65. Mary E. Morris, b. in Milton, Ind., 7 mo. 20, 1837, 
m. in Milton, i mo. 11, 1872, Joshua Durbin Tatman, b. 
in Fleming county, Ky., July 7, 1827, son of Stephen and Nancy 
Tatman. They res. 1873, '" Connersville, Fayette county, 

5-66. Ruth Anna Morris, b. in Ind., 8 mo. 13, 1840, m. 
II mo. 14, 1868, Paul Huston, b. near Mt. Holly, N. J., 8 
mo. 9, 1819. They res. near Richmond, Ind. One child : 
6-34. Mary Jane, b. 8 mo. 22, 1869. 

5-80. Sarah Elizabeth Rhoads,h. Dec. 10, 1844, m. March 
22, 1866, John Ferrill. They res. in Philadelphia. Two 
children : 
6-35. Wilbur. 
6-36. John Dawson. 

5-83. William Rhoads, b. May 2, 1852, m. 1871, Kate 
Ottenger. Res. 1873, Philadelphia. One child : 
6-37. Margaretta. 

5-85. Kate Toland, b. in Philadelphia, Dec. 2, 1845 (dau. 
of William S., 4-46), m. in Philadelphia, March 18, 1869, 
Joseph N. Custer, son of Nathan and Maria Custer. They 
res. 1873, Mansfield, Ohio. Two children : . 
6-38. Wilham Nathan, b. in La Crosse, Wis., Jan. 19, 1870. 
6-39. Emma Lloyd, b. in Mansfield, O., Oct. 19, 1872. 

The Dawson Family. 2()j 

5-89. Emma Dawson loland, b. Nov. 2, 1848 (dau. of 
Emanuel H.,4-48), m. 1868, Thomas McNiell. Res. 1873, 
Paulsboro, N. J. Two children : 
6-40. Florence. 
6-41. Mattie. 

5-94. William Moore, b. July 20, 1846, m. Dec. 24, 
iSGg, Martha Hiciman. They res. 1873, Philadelphia. O"^ 
child : 

6-42. Charlotte. 

The following received too late for insertion in proper order in above 
record : 

Andrew H. H. and Lucy A. Dawson (4-1) had six children, of 
whom one only, Joseph Story (5-1) is mentioned above. The others, 
all of whom d. young, were : Walter Warrick, b. in St. Louis, Mo., and 
William Crosby, Julian Randolph, Kate and Lucy Wilhelmina, b. in 

Jared S. and Catharine L. Dawson (4-2) had eight children, of whom 

five are living: Wilhelmina C. E., m. Cook, now a widow, two 

children ; Robert A. ; Jordena H., m. T. J. Weakly, Dayton, O. ; 
Kate Florence and Oilla C, unm. 


Of Dorchester Co., Md., about 1770-1815. 

The folk-wing from Capt. Jama L. Dawson, fTcsiminster, Md., and Maj. Luciin 
L. Dawun, Phitadelfhia, Pa., 1S72. 

1. Philemon Dawson, b. in Dorchester Co., Md., about 
1770, is said to have been an only child. His father's name is 
not known. His mother was a Miss Le Compte., sister to 
Charles Le Compte, of Dorchester, a descendant of John Le 
Compte a French Huguenot, who settled in Maryland about 
1670.' He m. about 1796, in Whitehaven, Cumberland county, 
England, Jane Lowes, daughter of James and Ann Lowes, of 
that county. When in England at this time " he had his pedi- 
gree traced, and his coat of arms painted, which shows him to 
have been of the Lincolnshire branch."" He d. in 1815. He 
had seven children : 

2-1. Jane Lowes, b. about 1797, resided in Baltimore, Md. Phenix. 
2-2. James Lowes, b. about 1799, res. 1872, Westminster, Md. ; m. 
2-3. Mary Ann, res. in Washington, D. C Cox. 
2-4. Martha, res. in Baltimore, Md. Phemx. 
2-5. William Le Compte, d. 1843 ; unm. 
2-6. Charles Le Compte, d. about 1838 ; utim. 
2-7. Emily. 

2-1. Jane Lowes Dawson, h. about 1797, m. about 1817, 
Thomas Phenix, of Baltimore, and d. before 1820. She had 
one child : 
3-1. Eliza Jane, res. Washington, D. C. Orme. 

2-4. Mr. Phenix, m. 2d, 1820, his former wife's sister, 
Martha Dawson, who had six children : 
3-2. Thomas, m. dau. of John E. Smith, Washington, D. C. 
3-3. Dawson, commander U. S.N. ,m. in Valparaiso, S. A., d. abt. 1863. 

■ In memory of John Le Compte, the Huguenot, a fine monument has been erected 
in Greenmount cemetery, Baltimore, reciting his pedigree, etc. 

' " His coat of arms, a battle axe in the dexter hand, and the motto, ' Deeds no 
words.'"— Letters of Maj. L. L. D., Oct. 12, 1872. 

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3-4. [Phenix.] Benjamin Howard, m. dan. of James Legate, Charleston, 

S. C. d. 1864. 
3-;. Annie, m. Joseph Sprigg, of Baltimore, Md. 
3-6. Emily, unm. 
3-7. Isabella, unm. 

2-2. James Lowes Dawson, b. about 1799, " pow 73 years 
of age" (1872), residesat Westminster, Carroll Co., Md. He 
was in the U. S. army from 18 19 to 1835, reaching the rank 
of captain of three years' standing, and, in 1824, serving as aid 
to the commander in chief. Gen. Jacob Brown.' Of the term of 
his service Capt. D., remarks : " It was a time of profound 
peace. The army in that period was something in the Shaks- 
peare vein, ' The cankers of a calm world and long peace ' ; 
for there was no war, except the petty Black Hawk war in the 
North, and being at the extreme South, my regiment took no 
part." He m. in 1829, Miss S. E. Baylor, of Kentucky, dau. 
of Col. Walker Baylor, of that state.'' They had six children : 
3-8. James Lowes, b. 1829, res. 1872, San Antonio, Texas; m., no 

3-9. Eugene Wythe, b. 1833 ; unm. 
3-10. Lucien Le Compte, b. at Natchez, Miss., 1836, res. 1872, U. S. 

Navy yard, Phila., Pa. ; m. 
3-1 1. Sophia M., b. 1838, m. Gen. J. G. Walker, formerly of U. S. 

Mounted Rifle Corps ; four daus. living ; two sons d. 
3-12. John Baylor, b. 1840, d. in New Orleans, 1867 ; unm. 
3-13. Fanny C, b. 1844 ; unm. 

2-3. Mary Ann Dawson, m. 1817, William Cox, of 
Washington, D. C. They had four children ; 

3-14. William, now d. 
3-15. George G., res. Washington. 
3-16. J. D., res. Washington. 
3-17. Jane, res. Washington. 

3-1. Eliza Jane Phenix, m. D. Orme, Washington, D. C. 
They had : 
4-1. Thomas. 

' " Dawson, James L., Maryland, third lieut. Ordnance Department, Aug., 1819; 
second lieut. 7th Inf., May, 1821 ; adjt., 1821 ; first lieut. May, 1824; aid dc 
camp to Maj. Gen. Brown, 1824; assistant quartermaster, with rank of captain, 
May, 1826, to Oct., 1830; captain, April, 1838; resigned, 31 Dec, 1835. — 
Gardner's Army Dictionary. 

' Col. Baylor was of Virginia descent, his father having early emigrated from that 
state. He was Capt. of Lady Washington's Life Guards, and was wounded at 
Trenton in 1777. He m. a Miss Bledsoe, of Ky., relative of Hon. Jesse Bledsoe, 
U. S. S. and Justice of the Supreme Court of Ky. 

300 The Dawson Family. 

3-10. LuciEN Le Compte Dawson, captain and brevet 
major U. S. Marine Corps, was born at Natchez, Miss., 1836. 
His naval history is as follows : " Appointed from Texas ; com- 
missioned as second lieutenant, Jan. 13, 1859; steam sloop 
Hartford, East India Squadron, 1 859-1 861 ; commissioned as 
first lieutenant, i86r ; San Jacinto, East Gulf Squadron, 1862; 
recruiting rendezvous, Philadelphia, 1863 ; steam frigate Colo- 
rado, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1864-5 ; bombard- 
ment of and land assault on Fort Fisher, brevetted major for 
gallant and meritorious services. Marine Barracks, Pensacola, 
Fla., 1865-6; Marine Barracks, Philadelphia, 1867-8; steam 
frigate Franklin, flag ship European squadron, 1868-9;"' U. 
S. navy yard, Philadelphia, 1872. He m. in Philadelphia, 
Miss Mary Barnes Tyson. They have had three children : 
4-2. Charles Lucien, b. Jan. 8, 1864. 
4-3. Pauline, b. Dec. 18, 1864. 
4-4. George Baylor, b. 1868. 

■ Hamersley's Records of Li-ving Officers of the U. S. Navy and Marine Corps, 1870. 


Of Talbot County, Md., i 770-1823. 

From Mr. Johr, W. Daivson, of Ski f ton, Talbot Co., Md.,th! foUoivhg : 

1. Robert Dawson, who lived "at Deep Neck, near the 
Royal Oak " (now Royal Oak P. O., Talbot county, Md.), 
was b. about 1770, and d. about 1823.' He m. about 1810, 
a widow lady named Collinson, whose maiden name was Walker. 
Their children, all b. at Deep Neck, were : 
2-1. Mary W., m. James Brinsfeld, res. near Royal Oak. 
2-2. Robert S.. res. 1873, Trappe, Talbot Co., Md. 

2-3. Rebecca A., m. Shanah.^n. See below. 

2-4. John W., b. Jan. 15, 1820, res. 1873, Skipton, Talbot Co., Md. ; 

2-2. Robert S. Dawson, res. 1873, ^' Trappe, Md. ; has 
two sons : 
3-1. John H. E. 
3-2. Robert J. 

2-3. Rebecca A. Dawson., now d., m. Shanahan. Two 

children : 

3-3. John H. R., res. 1873, Easton, Md. 

3-4. Susan, m. John J. Jump ; res. Easton. 

2-4. John W. Dawson, merchant, res. 1873, Skipton, Md., 
b. Jan. 15, 1820, m. 1845, Mary E. Newton., dau. of Major 
William Newton, an officer of the war of 1 8 1 2. She d. leaving 
one child : 
3-5. Mary E., d. aged 18 months. 

Mr. Dawson m. 2d, 1852, . Three children: 

3-6. Robert, d. young. 

3-7. Elbert Williams, d. young. 

3-8. Mary E., b. Jan. 11, 1857. 

' He was doubtless of the family of Ralph Dawson, of Talbot Co. (see p. 21 5), but 
how related to him has not been ascertained. The date of his birth indicates him of 
the generation of Maj. John Dawson (see 5-1, of the Ralph Dawson Family record, 
p. 223), and Mr. J. W. D. states that they were cousins. Maj. John Dawson had an 
uncle Robert who may have had a son of the same name. 


Of Talbot County, Md., about 1 754-1 838. 

1. Nicholas Dawson, b. about 1754, lived in Talbot 
county, where he d. about 1838, aged about 84. He had 
children : 

2-1. Thomas Cook, d. in Dorchester Co., Md., March iz, 1840 ; m. 

2-2. A daughter, only sister of Thomas C, and only surviving child of 

her father, res. 1 87 1, Cornersville, Dorchester Co., Md. 

2-1. Thomas Cook Dawson m. ist. Miss Linchicum^ of 
Dorchester county, Md. She d. about 1829, leaving one son:' 

3-1. James Nicholas, b. in Centreville, Md., Oct., 1828, res. 1873, 
Castle Haven, Md. ; m. 
Mr. Dawson m. 2d, Ann Maria Coursey^ of Caroline Co., 

Md., who d. March, 1867. He d. in Dorchester Co., March 

12, 1840. They had one son : 

3-2. John Francis, b. in Centreville, Oct., 1833, res. 1873, near Greens- 
boro, Md. ; m. 

3-1. James Nicholas Dawson, b. in Centreville, Queen 
Anne Co., Md., Oct., 1828, res. 1873, '" Castle Haven, 
Dorchester Co., Md., on the Great Choptank river, is a farmer, 
and a gentleman of intelligence and fortune. He m. in 1848, 
Catharine S. Muir, dau. of John Muir, of Dorchester county. 
They have two children : 

4-1. John T., physician, m. and res. in Dorchester Co. 
4-2. Kate Muir, res. Dorchester Co. ; unm. 

3-2. Hon. John Francis Dawson, farmer, b. in Centre- 
ville, Queen Anne Co., Md., Oct., 1833, removed, at an early 
age, with his mother, to Caroline county, Md., where he has 
since resided. He was nominated by the Democratic party of his 
county as candidate for Delegate to the General Assembly of Mary- 
land, in the fall of 1864, and defeated ; and in the fall of 1866 
was again nominated, and was elected to the House of Delegates, 
serving in the session of 1 867. In the fall of 1 866 he was elected 

The Dawson Family. 303 

a school commissioner for Caroline county, and served in said 
capacity until a short time after his reelection, in November, 
1873, ''^ 'he House of Delegates, of which he is now a member 
for the second time. He m. ist, June, 1857, Sarah Josephine 
Delahay, daughter of William Delahay, of Greensboro, Md. 
She d. July, 1864, leaving one child : 
4-3. William, d. Nov., 1867. 

Mr. Dawson m. 2d, March, 1868, Mary Emma Augusta 
Delahay, sister of his former wife. They res. 1873, on their 
farm, " Oakland," near Greensboro, and have had one child : 
4-4. A son, d. aged i mo. 


Of Caroline County, Md., about 1773-1838. 

1. Col. Sovran Dawson, b. near Federalsburg, Caroline 
county, Md., about 1773, d. 1838. He was a large land owner. 
He m. a Miss Turpin, and had sons : 

2-1. M. .physician, res. Lancaster, O. ; m. 

2-2. Jasper, farmer, res. Ocean View, Del. ; m. 

2-1. Dr. M. Dawson, res. 1873, Lancaster, Ohio, has 
son : 
3-1. F. J., dentist, res. 1873, Somerset, Ohio. 

2-2. Jasper Dawson, farmer, res. 1873, Ocean View, 
Sussex Co., Del., has son : 

3-2. Jasper Turpin, b. April 24, 1873. 


Of Charles County, Md., 1796-18 — . 

1. John Dawson, is understood, by his grand-sons now re- 
siding in Washington, D. C, to have been b. in Virginia, and 

304 T^he Dawson Family. 

to have removed into Charles Co., after his marriage. He m. 
Miss Garrow. Both d. in Charles county some years before 
1829. Their children all b. in Charles county, were : 
2-1. William, b. March 6, 1796, d. in Washington, D. C, June 16, 

i86z ; m. 
2-2 Thomas, d. in Belleville, 111., about 1838 ; m. 
z-3. Robert, lived in Springfield, 111. ; m. 
2-4. John, d. in Charles Co.. Md. ; unm. 

2-5. Sarah, m. Murdock. 

2-6. Ann, m Posey. 

2—7. Mary, d. unm. 

2-1. William Dawson, b. in Charles county, Md., March 
6, 1796, d. in Washington, D. C, June 16, 1862, m. Feb. 26, 
1829, Susanna Ridgnvay, who was b. April 6, 1809, and res. a 
wid. 1873, in Washington. They had eight children: 
3-1. Thomas Henson, b. Jan. 24, 1830, res. 1873, Washington, painter. 
3-2. Frances Anna, b. May 8, 1832, d. April 9, 1834. 
3-3. Jane Roberta, b. April 11, 1834, d. Sept. 10, 1836. 
3-4. John William, b. Feb. 18, 1836, d in Memphis, Tenn., April 29, 

3-5. James Francis, b. Oct. 6, 183 8, res. Washington ; druggist. 
3-6. Robert Joseph, b. July 17, 1840, res. 1873, East Washington ; car- 
3-7. Mary Susanna, b. Oct. 5, 1842, res. Washington, unm. 
3-8. William Garrow, b. Jan. 30, 1848, res. Washington ; druggist. 

2-2. Thomas Dawson, d. in Belleville, 111., about 1838, 
several of his children also dying at that time, all from cholera, 
then epidemic. One son : 
3-9. William Edward, lives in 111. 

2-3. Robert Dawson, blacksmith, m. in Georgetown, D. 

C., Wallace., and was living about 1865, in Springfield, 

111. Several children, one of whom was : 
3-10. John, saddler, res. 111. 

' Col. John W. Dawson was of the 46th Tenn. Confederate Regiment, and a prom- 
inent citizen and merchant of Memphis, where he d. He was several times severely 
wounded while in the army, and his health had been in consequence much impaired 
for some years before his death. He was m. but d. without issue. 

Of Talbot County, Md., 1688. 

The following are extracts from the records of the Third 
Haven Monthly Meeting of Friends, of Talbot county, Md., 
for which the compiler is indebted to Mr. Wm. F. Corbit, of 
Philadelphia. From this family of Friends may have sprung 
one or more of the families of Eastern Maryland rrientioned in 
the foregoing pages, but the compiler is unable to state what 
connection, if any such, existed. The Third Haven Monthly 
Meeting was composed of a number of English emigrants and 
their families, and is said to have been the first Monthly Meet- 
ing of Friends established in America. 

"Frances Willis' children by her first husband:' 
1. Obadyar Dawson, b. 13th of 4th mo., 1672. 
z. Richard Dawson, b. 13th of gth mo., 1674. 

3. Elizabeth Dawson, b. 19th of nth mo., 1677. 

4. Sarah Dawson, b. 1 ;th of 9th mo., 1678. 

5. John Dawson, b. 7th of 6th mo., 1681. 

6. Anthony Dawson, b. 13th of 4th mo., 1683." 

' The name of the/r« husband is not given. Her children by her second husband, 
Richard Willis, were Richard, 1684, John, 1686, Francis, 1688. She was probably 
a widow, after the death of her second husband, when the above record of births was 
made. She married, 3d, Edward Fisher, 1699. Her former husbands may not have 
been Friends. Was she from Berkshire, in Old England ? Frances Dawson, with 
other Quakers, was committed to prison in Berkshire, July 27, 1662. — Besse's 
Sufferings of the People called fakers. Otlier victims of the spirit of persecution which 
prevailed in those days may be noted here for want of a better opportunity. The 
accounts are taken from Besse. 

"July 31,1670. Charles Dawson, of Lancashire, was, with other Quakers, arrested, 
and next day sent to House of Correction. 

" Feb. 10, 1 660. Edward Dawson, of Lancashire, taken out of a religious meeting, 
and for refusing to swear, sent to Lancaster jail. 

"June 16, 1661. Edward Dawson, arrested on coming out of meeting, and re- 
fusing an oath, was sent to Lancaster jail. 

" Jan. 20, 1660. Robert Dawson, of Hartfordshire, taken out of a meeting at 
Ware, and committed to prison for refusing an oath. 

" 1683. William Dawson, glover, of Bristol, was fined £60 for absence from the 
National Worship. 

" 1660. William Dawson, of Monmouth, haberdasher, for refusal to swear 
committed to prison at Usk (Wales) and put Into the dungeon. 

"1668. William Dawson, of Monmouth, for contempt of magistrates, again 
committed to prison. 


^o6 'The Dawson Family. 

1. " Obadyar Dawson died 2ist of lOth mo., 1694." 

2. " Richard Dawson, planter, and Susannah Foster, spinster, 
both of Dorchester county, in y' province of Maryland, were 
married 23d 8 mo., i6g8, in y' meeting house near the head of 
Transquaking river, in y= county of Dorchester." See p. 182. 

Richard Dawson was a subscribing witness to the marriage 
of Joseph Adkinson and Naomi Wright, 1699, to the marriage 
of Nehemiah Beckwith and Frances Taylor, 1712 ; and to the 

" 1675. Matthew Dawson, of Hilton, Westmoreland, distressed for absence from 
National Worship. 

" 1 660. Elizabeth Dawson, of Yorkshire, sent to Beverly jail for attending religious 
meeting at house of Thomas Hutchinson. 

" 1663. Elizabeth Dawson committed to prison, by the mayor of York, for at- 
tending religious meeting. 

" 1660. John Dawson, of the West Riding of Yorkshire, sent to prison for re- 

" 1671. John Dawson, of Sedbridge meeting, Yorkshire, distressed. 

" 1690. Jonathan Dawson, of Yeadon, Yorkshire, distressed. 

" 1683. Joshua Dawson committed to York jail for attending religious meeting. 

"1660. William Dawson, of Key, Yorkshire, taken to prison for attending 

Memoranda. For an important family of Maryland, the descendants of Elias 
Dawson, an early emigrant to Philadelphia, but now mostly found in Talbot and 
Baltimore counties, Md., See Ptnn.yl-vama Records, " Family of Elias Dawson." 

Frederick Dawson, a merchant of great respectability in Baltimore, 1854, was the 
son of William Dawson, an Englishman, who established himself as a merchant in 
that city about 1820 or 1825, perhaps earlier, using the business name of William 
Dawson & Sons. The father d. several years prior to 1854, probably as early as 
1838 or before. 

In 1 8 38, Frederick Dawson, of Baltimore, contracted to furnish the Texan Govern- 
ment, then an independent power, with several armed vessels. — Yoakum's History of 

W. Dawson was British Consul at Baltimore about the time of the Revolution. — 
See General Index of Dodsley's Anntial English Register, vol. 58, p. 207. 

Joseph Dawson, probably of Md. or Va., was a comptroller at Washington, 1791. 
See copy of a letter from him, dated "Register's Office, Nov. 16, 1791." — Saffel's 
Records of the Re-v. War, p. 138. 

William Dawson, an Englishman, came to America about the time of the Rev. 
War, and m. in Delaware; had two children, a son and dau. The son, also named 
William, had two sons, one of whom is James B. Dawson, b. 1819, now, 1873, of 
825 Orange St., Wilmington, a machinist, whose only child, Washington H. Daw- 
son, baker, also res. in Wilmington. Mr. J. B. D.'s brother res. in Linwood, 
Delaware Co., Pa. ; has a family. 

Asa Dawson, farmer, lived in southern part of Kent county, Delaware. He had 
brothers, Thomas and Zebulon or Zebdiel, who lived near him. He m. Sarah Mere- 
dith, who survived him, and now lives, at quite an advanced age, in Kent county. 
(1873). They had, besides a dau- who d. young: I. Rhoda Ann, m. Henry M. 
Hill, res. Wyoming, children : Anna, Elma, Cooper. 11. Asa, wheelwright, m. 
Miriam Walton Sharp, widow of Eccleson Sharp. They lived at BridgeviUe, Sussex 
Co., Del., where she still res. He was accidentally killed in the summer of 1873, 
being thrown from a wagon. Two children: I. William, unm. 2. Anna, m. 
Richard W. Cannon, druggist, nephew of the late Gov. Wm. Cannon, of Delaware, 
res. BridgeviUe, children : Elizabeth, Estella, Walton. 

The Dawson Family. 307 

marriage of his half brother, John Willis, and Margaret Cox, 
1712. His wife, Susannah Dawson, was a subscribing witness 
to the marriage of William Foulks, of Accomac and Mary 
Foster (probably her sister) of Dorchester, 1704. 

5. John Dawson was a subscribing witness to the marriage 
of William Parratt and Susannah Silvester, 1704 ; of Nehemiah 
Beckwith and Frances Taylor, 171 2 ; of his half brother, John 
Willis, and Margaret Cox, 1712 ; and of Peter Harwood and 
Susannah Stewart, both of Talbot county, 1 744. 


Of Washington, D.C, 1873. 

1, Francis Dawson, Esq., grandfather of the above named, 
was b. in Yorkshire, England, about 1760, where he inherited 
a large estate, and had a famous racing stable. His devotion to 
the turf induced him to reside principally at Fordham Abbey, a 
newly purchased estate near New Market, where he d. in middle 
life. He m. a sister of Col. Thomas Thoroton, of " The 
Guards," and of Sir John Thoroton, a chaplain to the Duke of 
Rutland.' They had nine chn., of whom the sons were: 
2-1. Francis, chaplain to the House of Commons, and subsequently 

canon and sub-dean of Canterbury. 
2-2. William Francis, captain R. E., and military secretary to the late 

Sir Edward Barnes, governor of Ceylon.- 
2-3. John Francis, commander R. N., killed in command of the heavy 

division of the British flotilla during the Burmese war, Dec. 2, 

2-4. Thomas Francis, d. on board the San Josef. 

2-5. George Francis, d. Oct. 11, 1850, yicar of Orpington, and in- 
cumbent of St. Mary's Cray, Kent. '■ 

2-6. Gilbert Francis, commander R. N., retired 1832; lieutenants' re- 
served list, 1864 ; res. 1873, England. See forward. 

■ Another sister m. Rev. Dr. Manners Sutton, afterwards Archbishop of Canter- 
bury, a younger son of the Duke of Rutland, who acquired large estates on the demise 
of the Earl of Lexington, by adding " Sutton " to his family name The issue of this 
union was the Rt. Hon. Manners Sutton, who for seventeen years was speaker of the 
House of Commons, and who was afterwards elected to the peerage, with the titles of 
Viscount Canterbury and Baron Bokkesford. . 

= Capt. Dawson became a distinguished officer of engineers, and is still remembered 
in Ceylon as having planned the public roads which have done so much for the pros- 
perity of the island. He d. in his prime, from excessive mental exertion, after con- 
structing the remarkable road from Candy to Columbo, where a monument to his 
memory has been erected by a grateful people. 

3 Described by Sir James Brisbane, in his dispatches, as an officer who owed his 
promotion ** to high professional character,*' *' whose gallantry was conspicuous on all 
occasions," and '* who fell at the moment when success had crowned his efforts." 

■> Rev. Geo. Francis Dawson entered the army in his youth, under the patronage 
of the Duke of York. He was employed in Canada towards the close of the war 
of 1 8 1 2-14, and served in the army of occupation in France after the battle of Water- 
loo. His next service was in Ireland, whence his company was dispatched to Malta, 
where occurred events which entirely changed his course of life. He had become, 
within a comparatively recent period, a religious man — not in name, merely, but in 

The Dawson Fatnily. 309 

2-6. Gilbert Francis Dawson, ninth child and young- 
est son of Francis Dawson, Esq., is, in 1873, the only surviving 
child of this family. He was b. April 14, 1800, and entered 
the R. N. March 18, 1813, as first class volunteer on board the 
74 gun ship' Waspite. He distinguished himself by gallant 
service in several engagements, and received high encomiums for 
qualities of personal courage, enterprise and endurance displayed 
in difficult and perilous undertakings. " He was promoted to 
the rankof lieutenant in June, 1824, and after service on several 
vessels, the last of which was the Hyacinth^ of 18 guns, he was 
invalided in 1832, since which time he has not been officially 

that earnest and devout sense which was unfortunately not then common in the army, 
and which exposed him, with others similarly conscientious and guarded in conduct, to 
ridicule as infected with what was sneeringly nicknamed Mtthodhm. At Malta it 
had been the custom of the army (by firing salutes, etc.), to take part in the religious 
ceremonies of the people, held in honor of their tutelar saints, etc., but Lt. Dawson, 
regarding such an act as idolatrous, refused the customary homage, and was with a 
brother officer, similarly conscientious, placed under arrest by Sir Thomas Maitland, 
tried by court martial, and dismissed the service. His influential relatives and his 
patrons at home joined for the time with his military superiors in condemning him ; 
and finding himself shut out from his intended career, he accepted the aid of friends, 
through whose liberality he was enabled to go to Trinity College, Dublin, where he 
took his degree in due time. In 1S28 he was ordained deacon, and shortly after 
admitted to priest's ordeh and licensed as incumbent of a chapel at Guernsey, where 
he served five years. After several transfers, he, in 1 848, accepted at the hands of his 
brother, as canon of Canterbury, the living of Orpington, and the curacy of St. Mary's 
Cray. Here he labored with great zeal, ability, and fidelity until his death, which 
occurred suddenly, from disease of the heart, Oct. 11, 1850. " He was a man of 
clear and penetrating intellect, marked originality and humor, indomitable persever- 
ance, unflinching courage, and unbending integrity. Nothing revolted him more 
than any approach to cant or insincerity." A biography of this remarkable man was 
published shortly after his death in the Church Record, and has since had a wide cir- 
culation in Great Britain, India, etc., having passed through several editions in book 
or pamphlet form. 

■ As a passed midshipman, "On 31 March, 1823," says O'Byrne's Naval Biog- 
raphy ^ *« he commanded one of the boats of the Thracian^ 18 guns, when, in conjunc- 
tion with those of the Tync, 26 guns. — the whole carrying 47 men, under command 
of the present Admiral Walcott — they boarded and captured, after an engagement 
of 45 minutes, the Zarago-zana, a notorious piratical schooner of I 3 guns, and up- 
wards of 70 men. On ihi, uLcjsion, Mr. Dawson with his own hands took prisoner 
the pirate-chief, ^!i ' ' ' *.' ^ui> Cayotano Arogonez, as the latter, having with 
others jumped ■'■■ u through the water to the shore. For his con- 

duct he receivcil r nimander-in-chief " Subsequently, in command I: ; iii;e, he joined an expedition, headed by Lieutenant 

Commander Cawlc-y, to Inmt nut and destroy the pirates in the Isle of Pines and 
other places. ** In the execution of this service, Mr. Dawson, who piloted, and who 
sketched and drew plans of the enemy's lurking places, displayed zeal which was 
gratefully acknowledged" by the commander of the expedition and by the admiral. 
" As an instance of the hard service Mr, Dawson went through," says O'Bvrae," we 
may mention that on one occasion he was for a fortnight absent in a five oared gig in 
pursuit of pirates, on short allowance, and exposed to a scorching sun in the day, and 
to heavy dews at ni^t^ht. Atanother time he nearly lost his life from yellow fever." 

3IO The Dawson Family. 

afloat. He was placed on the retired list of lieutenants in 1851, 
and was promoted to the rank of commander July, i, 1864. 
After he left the Hyacinth Capt. Dawson commanded various 
merchant ships and steamships. He was for over three years 
chief police magistrate at Manganui, New Zealand ; has been 
superintending civil engineer of an important railway in England ; 
and has also had charge of the new coal docks at Llanelly, in 
South Wales. He m. ist, Marguerite 'Jane Paddock., dau. of 
John Paddock, Esq., staff surgeon in the royal army. They 
had two sons : 

3-1. William, b. abt. July, 1832, d. in command of an East India 

vessel, in the Arabian gulf, abt. 1869; no issue. 
3-2. George Francis, b. at St. Heliers, Island of Jersey, Oct. 27, 1834, 

res. 1873, Washington, D. C. ; m. 
Capt. Dawson m. 2d, Harriet Heywood Styles., dau. of 
William Hancock Styles, Esq., of New House Farm, North- 
fleet, county Kent. Their sons are : 
3-3. Augustine Rawlins, educated at Cambridge, now govt. agt. at Kajalla, 

3-4. Llewellyn Styles, b. at Llanelly, South Wales, April, 1847, 

lieutenant R. N., now at new Guinea. ' 
3-5. Harry Percy, sub-lieutenant R. N., now at Bermuda, W. Indies. 
3-6. Edward Harrison, clerk in the London and County Bank, Croydon, 

3-7. Sidney Pace, twin bro. of Edward H., clerk in the Oriental Bank 

Corporation, Haldumulla, Ceylon. 

3-2. George Francis Dawson, b. at St. Heliers, Island 
of Jersey, Oct. 27, 1834, passed several years of his childhood 
in New Zealand, but returned to England as soon as old enough 
to enter the Royal Naval School at Greenwich, where he spent 
three years, completing the course of study, but choosing not to 
remain the regulation term of four years, without which a cer- 
tificate of graduation is not granted. After leaving the Naval 

' Lt. Llewellyn Styles Dawson entered the royal navy, 1861, and has since be- 
come distinguished as a scientific officer, conducting scientific surveys in China, South 
America, etc. For explorations on the Upper Yangtse river in 1870 he received the 
thanks of the Chamber of Commerce of Shanghai and of Admiral Keppel, and was 
promoted to his present rank of lieutenant. In 1872 he was selected by the Royal 
Geographical Society, out of one hundred competitors, to command the expedition 
equipped by the society for the search for and relief of Dr. Livingstone, and in Feb- 
ruary of that year sailed on the Ahydos from London for Zanzibar. The circum- 
stances which partially defeated the objects of this expedition are well known. Lt. 
Dawson is now engaged in a survey of the Island of New Guinea. 

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afloat. He v,. 

and was ['lu' 
After h 

leutenantsin 1851, 
■oder July, i, 1864. 
ipt, Davvson commanded various 
)s. He was for over three years 
•iganui, New Zealand ; has been 
.in important railway in England ; 
new coal docks at Llanelly, in 
i tatjuerite Jane Paddock, dau. of 
;gcon in the royal army. They 


1 32, d. in command of' an East India 
. jiilt, abt. 1869; no issue, 
i St. Heiiers, Island of Jersey, Oct. 27, 1834, 
:^ton, D. C J m. 

' Harriet Heywood Styles, dau. of 
j,, of New House Farm, North- 
- )ns are : 
iucatcd at Cambridge, now govt. agt. at Kajalla, 

■ Daneliy, South Wales, April, 1847, 
;w Guinea.' 

K. N., now at Bermuda, W. Indies. 
ic London and County Bank, Croydon, 

ro. of Edward H., clerk -in the' Oriental Bank 
liumulla, Ceylon. 

;e Francis Dawson, b. at St. Heiiers, Island 

'" ■" n^sed several years of his childhood 

i to England as soon as old enough 

■ ool at Greenwich, where he spent 

Jit course of study, but choosing not to 

im of four years, without which a cer- 

anted. After leaving the Naval 

111 the royal navy. 1861, and has since be- 
- .londucting scientiiic surveys in China, South 
Upper Yangtse river in 1870 he received the 
1 Siianghai and of Admiral Keppel, and was 
unt. In 1872 he was selected by the Royal 

.^ ^led competitors, to command the expedition 

»c«i..ii for and relief of Dr. Livingstone, and in Feb- 
lu- AhyJoi from London for Zanzibar. The circum- 
i i the objects of this expedition are well known. Lt. 
■fo I .i survey of the Island of New Guinea. 

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The Dawson ¥amily. 3 1 1 

School, Mr. Dawson spent a few years at sea in the merchant 
service, and has been, in the course of his life, three times around 
the world. He came to the United States from China in 
March, 1852, landing at San Francisco, California, a youth of 
17, eager for adventure, whereof he had a large experience in 
the few years following, during which he engaged in a great 
variety of occupations, including mining. In 1856, while in 
Nevada City, California, he entered the office of Hon. A. A. 
Sargent, now United States Senator from California, as a student 
of law, and in the following year became connected with the press 
of San Francisco, first as law reporter for the Evening Argus^ and 
afterwards, editorially and otherwise, with the Bulletin^ Call and 
Aha Californian. He has also been connected with the Sacra- 
mento Union and Record, of which latter he is now the regular 
Washington correspondent.' About 1864, Mr. Dawson was 
engaged as superintendent of some American mining operations 
in Sinaloa, Mexico, in which he was employed about eighteen 
months, suffering finally the loss of his property there through 
the spoliations of the French army. Shortly after returning 
from Mexico he went to the state of Nevada, where, as con- 
ductor of the Virginia City Enterprise, then and now its 
leading paper, he was successfully engaged in the great struggle 
for the admission, under the enabling act, of that state into the 
Union. He went to New York city in January, 1865, and 
March 3, 1866, established there the Journal 0/ Alining, and 
while editor of that paper was, in i86g, elected a member and 
manager of the American Institute. The unprecedented finan- 
cial success of the Industrial Exhibition of 1867, was largely due 
to Mr. Dawson's management. After this, beginning with the 
first inauguration of President Grant, Mr. D. held a clerkship in 
the House of Representatives at Washington, until Nov. 1870, 
when he resigned the position to accept an appointment as su- 
perintendent of the American Institute National Industrial Ex- 

' Mr. Dawson possesses a remarkably fertile pen and retentive memory, gifts 
which have enabled him to perform, as a newspaper man. tasks which are rarely 
equalled ; as, in the conduct of one of the San Francisco daily papers for some weeks 
at one time ■zviihoui assistance from any other pen, yet producing the usual variety and 
amount of literary work in each issue, and in the reporting, entirely from memory, 
at the length of two columns of solid minion, of a lecture to which he had listened, 
the report being afterwards complimented by the lecturer as one of singular fidelity. 

3 1 2 ^he Dawson Family. 

hibition of 1871.' He has since devoted much time in efforts 
to secure the establishment of a permanent Free Exhibition of the 
Industries of the Nation, on an immense scale, at New York, 
advocating the project with rare eloquence and ability, by means 
of pamphlets and otherwise. He res. 1873, '" Washington, 
having in 1872, been reappointed assistant clerk of the House 
of Representatives. Mr, Dawson m. in New York city, Dec. 
28, 1870, Rosalie Anne Richardson., dau. of Thomas Richard- 
son, Esq., of New York. They have one ch : 
4-1. Gilbert Francis, b. in Washington, Nov. II, 1872. 

^ "The American Institute Industrial Exhibition ofiSyi, was considered the best 
that had ever been held in the United States, and fiancially, the results during the 
forty days of its existence have never yet been equalled, although previous and sub- 
sequent exhibitions have had the benefit of from ten to over one hundred per cent., 
more days of exhibition." Mr. Dawson's scheme, projected by him, but fully en- 
dorsed by the managers of the institute, of a vast permanent exhibition of the world's 
industries and industrial processes in New York, formed, as Mr. Walt Whitman 
stated, " the spinal part" of the poem. After All not to Create Only, read by him at the 
opening of the exhibition of 1871. 


Besides the Dawsons emigrating into Virginia from Maryland, 
of whom some account has been given in the foregoing records, 
other families of the name were very early planted in that state. 
Bishop Meade mentions the name among those prominent in 
the records of some of the oldest districts in the state in " the 
times long since gone by." ' 

Three clergymen of the name — all of the church of England, 
are known to have been in the colony more than one hundred 
years ago. Two of these, the Reverends William and 
Thomas Dawson, were brothers ,• the third, the Rev. Mus- 
GRAVE Dawson, was cotemporary with them, and may have 
been of the same family. 

The Rev. William Dawson, one of the brothers above 
named, was the second president of William and Mary College,^ 
succeeding the Rev. William Blair, who had held the office from 
the foundation of the institution until his death, April i8, 1743, 
a period of fifty years. The second president was sent over 
from England. He was graduated at Oxford, and was accounted 
an able scholar.^ His predecessor in the presidency had also 
held, by appointment from the bishop of London, the office of 
commissary in the colonies of Virginia and Maryland, by virtue 
of which he had a seat in the Council of State, and received 
<£ioo per annum as councillor. To this office President 
Dawson also succeeded. His brother Thomas, who had been 
chiefly educated at Williamsburg, under his direction, and had 
been master of the Indian school, was called to the rectorship 
of the church of Breeton parish, in 1 750.^ The latter succeeded 

' Especially of Warwick county and parisli, which composed one of the eight 
original shires of Va. — Old CAurc/ies atiJ Families of Virginia, vol. i, p. 240. 

= At Williamsburg. The college was chartered in 1692, and named after the 
Royal Grantors. 

3 ''Mr. William Dawson, M. A., brought up at Queen's, where he lived nine 

years by the unanimous consent of the Visitors elected President." — Perry's 

Papers relating 10 the History of the Church in Virginia. 

* Duyckinck's Cyclopedia of American Literature ; Meade's Old Churches and Fami- 
lies of Va., vol. I, p. 167. Breeton parish was in Williamsburg, the college town. 
See also, Perry's Papers. 

314 l^he Dawson Fa?nily. 

the Rev, William Dawson as commissary, in 1752, while the 
presidency passed at the same time to William Stith, the his- 
torian of Virginia, who held the office until 1755, when the 
Rev. Thomas Dawson became president, being thus the fourth 
incumbent of the office, which, with the commissaryship, he 
retained until his death in 176 1. Commissary Dawson married 
a sister of Stith, the historian and president.' Bishop Meade 
intimates that the usefulness of the second Dawson was some- 
what impaired by indulgence in drink, a fault at that time not 
uncommon with the clergy who came over from England, and 
that his unfortunate habit led at one time to his arraignment by 
the visitors of the College. The offence was, however, passed 
over, on the plea that the excesses complained of had been oc- 
casioned by his poor health, and the burdens and vexations of 
his official duties.^ The third clergyman of this name was the 
Rev. Musgrave Dawson, who was minister of Raleigh parish, 
Amelia county, Va., in 1754,2 and of the parish of St. Mary's, 
in Essex county, in 1758."* Whether either of these left issue 
is not known, though Bishop Meade mentions " the Dawsons " 
in a list of the early clergy of Virginia, ancestors, as he thinks, 
of large bodies of Virginians. s The widow of one of the presi- 
dents was probably living in Williamsburg, in 1777,' and it is 
surmised that John Dawson, who was a Representative in 
Congress from Virginia, 1797, was a descendant of one of the 
clergymen above named. He graduated at Harvard University 
in 1782 ; was chosen presidential elector from the seventh dis- 
trict of Virginia, 1793, Washington's second term; was a 
member of Congress, 1797 to 1814 ; served in one of the State 
Conventions of Virginia, and in the General Assembly ; was a 
member of the Executive Council of Virginia ; rendered service 
in the war with Great Britain, in 1813, as aid to the commanding 

■ Duyckinck's Cyclopedia, vol. i, p. 138. 

= Meade, vol. I, p. 168. He was badly treated by the professors of the college, 
and shamefully maligned by Rev. William Robinson, who was appointed his suc- 
cessor. — Perry's Papen. 

3 Ibid, vol. 2, p. 20. 

■* Ibid, vol. 1, p. 409. 

S Ibid, p. 192. 

'In August, 1777, " Lady Washington, the amiable consort of his Excellency 
General Washington," arrived at Williamsburg. She was " saluted with the fire 
of cannon and small arms," and was entertained .it the house of Mrs. Dawson. 
— Frank Moore's Diary of the Revolution, vol. i, p. 477. 

The Dawson Family. 315 

general on the lakes ; and was appointed bearer of dispatches 
to France, in 1801, by President Adams. He died in Wash- 
ington city, March 30, 18 14, aged 52 years.' The frequent 
notices of his speeches and other acts in Congress contained in 
Benton's Abridgement of Debates of Congress^ prove that he was 
an active and influential member and a successful legislator. 

Other early representatives of the name, supposed to be 
Virginians, were as follows : 

James Dawson, a private in Co. No. 4 (Captain Thomas 
Tibbs), in Col. Morgan's Riflemen, as they stood April 30, 
1777 ; Robert Dawson, a sergeant, and Benjamin Dawson, 
a private, in Co. No. 8 (Captain Francis Taylor), in Col. 
Morgan's Riflemen, as they stood April i, 1777; Benjamin 
Dawson, a private in Co. No. 6 (Captain Alexander Breclcen- 
ridge). Col. Nathan Gibbs' Virginia regiment, 1777, and an- 
other Benjamin Dawson, a private in the 8th or maj'or's com- 
pany of same regiment, 1777; William Dawson, an ensign, 
commissioned Feb. 26, 1776.= 

The Rev. Martin Dawson was extensively known towards 
the close of the last century as a Baptist minister in the Albe- 
marle District, Virginia, where he commenced preaching about 
the year 1774, being then in his thirtieth year. He was not 
ordained in the ministry until some years later, his first pastoral 
charge being the church at Ballinger's Creek. It is said of him 
that for many years he presided over the Albemarle Association 
with much dignity. " Besides the church called Ballenger's 
Creek, he served at different times several other churches. His 
talents, though not showy, were of the useful kind. He did 

much good He married early in life, and was the 

father of a numerous offspring, for whose support, by his in- 
dustry, he made ample provision. "^ The date and place of his 
death, and the names of his children, are not known. The 

' Lanman's Dictionary of Congress. There have been five of the name in the 
U. S. Congress, viz.: John Dawson, of Va. ; John B. Dawson, of La. ; John L. 
Dawson of Pa. ; William C. Dawson, of Geo. ; William J. Dawson, of N. C. 

= Saffcl's Records of the Revolutionary IVar, pp. 271, 173, 287, 288, 289. The 
three first named may have been Pennsylvania or Maryland men. " Ensign Dawson " 
is frequently mentioned in the " Orderly Book of that portion of the Am. Army 
stationed at Williamsburg, Va., March to August, 1776, under command of Gen. 
Andrew Lewis." 

3 Taylor's Virginia Baptist Ministers, vol. 1, p. 261. 

3i6 The Dawson Family. 

work from which the above account is extracted is provokingly 
deficient in the facts which would especially interest the gene- 
alogist, and they have not been learned elsewhere -, but from 
coincidences of names, locality (central Virginia) and religious 
profession, it is supposed that he was of, or nearly related to, 
the family whose records herewith follow : 

Trom Rev. John Dahney Da-wan, Superintendent of the Kentucky Female Orphan 
School, Midway, Woodford Co., Ky. {quoting letters of his uncle Elisha Datvson, of 
Lintoln Co., Ky.), 1855, and from Rev. Wm. C. Dawson, New York City, 1873, 
the foll&iving ; 

1. Rev. J. D. Dawson states that the parents of his grand- 
father Dawson emigrated to Virginia, the father from England, 
the mother from Wales. Their names are not known. Their 
sons were : 

2-1. Martin, of whom presently. 
2-2. Robert, perhaps the sergeant above mentioned ; no information 

concerning his family, if any. 
2—3. Joseph, of whom presently. 
2-4. John, of whom presently. 

And perhaps others. These are named in the order given by 
Mr. Elijah Dawson, son of the last named, on whose authority 
it is also stated that Martin and Joseph, who lived and died, as 
he states, in Amherst county, Virginia, within a mile of each 
other, each lived to the extraordinary age of 115 years.' 

2-1. Martin Dawson was described by Mr. Elijah Daw- 
son, as follows : " He was a spare, thin visaged man, and had 
black hair and eyes. It was said of him that he had been a 
great hunter, but he was a farmer when I knew him. He had 
married the second time. The name of his last wife was Carter. 
He had a good many children by each wife. The names of 
some of his children were " as follows : 
3-1. Martin, a Baptist preacher. 
3-2. William, a Methodist preacher. 
3-3 Nelson, a farmer. 
3-4. Jesse, a farmer. 
3-5. Zechariah, a farmer. 

' The longevity of an English namesake appears to have far exceeded anything 
mentioned in these records : '-Nov. 28, 18 18. Ann Dawson d. at Harrowgate, 
England, aged 161." — Munsell's Every Day Book of History and Chronology, p. 452. 

The Dawson Family. 317 

Of these Mr. E. D. says : " I knew all but William and 
Martin. They were preachers, and had left the neighborhood 
before my recollection. One was a Baptist, the other a Metho- 
dist preacher. Martin was a Baptist preacher, if I recollect 
aright. Zechariah was high sheriff, and at an early day emigrated 
to North Carolina. 

2-3. Joseph Dawson, a " large and fleshy man," was a 
farmer. He had two sons : 

3-6. Lewis, a Methodist preacher, said to be very able. 
3-7. Pleasant. 

2-4. John Dawson died in Virginia before 1796, when his 
widow emigrated with her sons John and Elijah — the latter then 
only twelve years old — to Lincoln county, Kentucky, whither 
her daughter Mary had preceded her in 1795. He was " a 
large man, with blue eyes and fair complexion." His wife's 
family, resided in Prince Edward county, Virginia. Her maiden 
name was Watkins. Their children were : 
3-8. Mary, b. Feb. 27, 1774, d. before 1855. Steele. 
3-9. Susan, d. before 1855. Caluson. 
3-10. John, b. 1779, went to Ky. 1796, returned to Va. 1797, and 

was drowned the same year in James river. 
3-11. James, b. Oct. 11, 1781, d. Oct. 25, 1836 ; tn. 
3-12. Elijah, b. April 12, 1784, d. in Lincoln Co., Ky., abt. 1857 ; m. 

3-8. Mary Dawson^ b. in Va., Feb. 27, 1774 (d. before 
1855), m. William Steele, and emigrated to Lincoln Co., 
Ky., 1795. Their children were: 
4-1. John D., " a man extensively known as a preacher of the gospel, 

and as extensively loved and admired." 
4-2. Betsey. 
4-3. Susan. 

3-9. Susan Dawson, sister of Mary, above named, b. in Va., 
about 1777, d. in Ky., before 1855." She m. Joseph Callison. 
Their children were : 
4-4. William. 
4-5. Charity. 
4-6. Dawson. 
4-7. Gilmore. 

■ Concerning this lady and her sister, Rev. John D. Dawson, their nephew, writes : 
** They were the meekest of women \ they possessed in an eminent degree * the 
meek and quiet spirit,' which in the sight of God is of great price." 

3i8 The Dawson Faintly. 

4-S. [Callison.] Josiah. 
4-9. Susan. 
4-10. Polly. 
4-1 1. Nancy. 
4-12. Robert. 

" Several of the sons are useful members of the church as 
local preachers." (J. D. D., 1855). 

3-11. James Dawson, b. in Va., Oct. 11, 1781, learned 
the saddlery business in Lynchburg, Va., and removed to Ky. 
about 1797. He resided at Danville, in that state, where he d. 
Oct. 25, 1836. He was one of seven members of the Baptist 
church at that place who were tried for alleged heresy and ex- 
communicated, they having embraced the doctrines of the churCh 
of the Disciples or Christian church, of which church, when or- 
ganized at Danville, they became the original members. As to 
stature, etc., the same description applies to Mr. Dawson as to 
his father (2-4). He m. Phebe Walker^ dau. of David Walker, 
a native of Buckingham county, Va., and an early emigrant to 
Ky. Their children were : 
4-13. Walker Murrell, d. young. 

4-14. Lucretia, m. Webb, and res. in Ky. 

4-15. John Dabney, res. 1855, Medway, Ky. ; 1873, Louisiana, Mo. ; m. 

4-16. Josephine, m Strong, res. 1872, in 111. 

4-17. Joel Watkins. 

4-18. James Wade, d. in Lexington, Ky. ; m. 

4-19. Susan, m. Roy Stewart, Stanford, Lincoln Co., Ky. ; no chn. 

4-20. Phoebe. 

4-21. Rhoda, m. Rhodes, res. 1873, St. Joseph, Mo. 

4-22. Mary Eliza, m. Carnes, Jacksonville, 111., d. about 1855, 

leaving one child. 

3-12. Elijah Dawson, b. in Va., April 12, 1784, removed 
with his mother to Lincoln Co., Ky., when in his twelfth year, 
where he d. about 1856. He m. 1805, Sarah Logan^ and was 
thus connected with one of the old and noted families of Ken- 
tucky. He served in the war of 1812, under General Harrison; 
was an elder in the church for many years, and was greatly 
beloved by his neighbors and fellow citizens. His children, 
" scattered through Ky. and IVIo.," were as follows : 
4-23. John Logan, farmer, res. 1873, on his father's estate in Lincoln 

Co., Ky. 
4-24. Sarah. 

The Dawson Family. 3 1 9 

4-25. Patsy. 

4-26. Susan. 
4-27. James Franklin. 
4-28. Robert Beatty. 
4-29. Elijah Wade. 
4-30. Matthew Evermont. 

4-15. Rev. John Dabney Dawson, b. at Danville, 
Ky., about 18 13, a contributor to these records, was educated 
at Center College, in Danville, and at Transylvania Uni- 
versity, Lexington, Ky. At the latter institution, where he 
graduated, he was a room mate of the Hon. Montgomery Blair. 
At about the time of his graduation he was ordained to the 
ministry in the church of the Disciples, and he has been a teacher 
and local preacher all his life. He was the first superintendent 
of the Kentucky Female Orphan School, at Midway, filling that 
office from 1849 ""til 1857, a period of eight years. In 1858 
he became a professor in the Christian College, at Columbia, 
Mo. (a denominational school of a high order, for young ladies), 
but resigned the position in 1861. He now (1873) resides on 
his farm near Louisiana, Mo. He m. in Ky., Mrs. Mary Jane 
Bell. Their children, besides some who d. young, were : 
5-1. Theodore Bell, b. at Lexington, Ky., 1838, res. 1873, Warsaw, 

111. ; unm. 
5-2. William Chipley, b. in Scott Co., Ky., 1841, res. 1873, New York 

city ; m. 
5-3. Mary Eloise, b. in Hannibal, Mo., 1846, res. 1873, Louisiana, 

Mo. ; unm. 
5-4. James Parrisli, b. in Midway, Kv., 1851, res. 1873, Louisiana, 

Mo. ; unm. 

4-18. James Wade Dawson, m. Miss Van Pelt, and resided 
at Lexington, Ky., where he d. leaving one child : 
5-5. Joseph K., dentist, res. 1873, Little Rock, Ark. 

5-2. Rev. William Chipley Dawson, b. in Scott Co., 
Ky., 1 84 1, was educated at the University of Missouri, and at 
Bethany College, Virginia, graduating at the latter institution in 
1865, in the last class graduated by the Rev. Dr. Alexander 
Campbell, the eminent founder of the college, and its presi- 
dent for twenty-five years. While a student, Mr. Dawson 
served as adjunct professor of languages in the University of 
Missouri, and has since received the degree of Master of Arts from 

320 The Dawson Family. 

that institution. Soon after leaving college he entered the min- 
istry of the Christian church, and has been in pastoral charge of 
churches of that denomination at Decatur, 111., Lexington, Mo., 
Louisville, Ky., and New York city. His removal to New 
York took place in the fall of 1872, since which time he has 
been pastor of the Christian church, in Twenty-eighth street. 
He m. at Bethany, W. Va., 1866, Jane C. Campbell, niece 
of Dr. Alex. Campbell. They have three children : 
6-1. Campbell, b. in Lexington, Mo., 1868. 
6-2. William Chipley, b. in Louisville, Ky., 1871. 
6-3. Theodore Bell, b. in New York city, 1873. 

[Note. An abstract of the records immediately preceding having been 
sent, in 1 871, to the Rev. Samuel G. Dawson, Toledo, O., he wrote, re- 
ferring to the family described, as follows : " I have no doubt of their 
being of my father's family stock, but have no means of ascertaining the 
fact." He stated, however, that according to the tradition in his family, 
the original emigrant in Virginia came from Scotland. This was Mr. 
D.'s great grandfather. He was named Martin Dawson, and settled in 
Amherst county. His wife's maiden name was Gaines. They had, 
besides several daughters, an only son named Nelson. May not this have 
been the Martin Dawson, of .Amherst county, numbered 2-I of the tore- 
going record, according to which account he was tu/ice married, and had, 
besides other sons, one named Nelson ? .As to the place of his nativity 
the accounts disagree, but these being in each case merely traditional, the 
discrepancy is not important. The compiler inclines to the belief that 
the above suggests the true explananon of this somewhat puzzling genea- 
logical enigma, but deems it unsafe to assume the truth of the explanation 
suggested without further investigation. If it should prove to be correct, 
the record of Martin Dawson's family, as given above i 2-1) and as given 
below (1) should be consolidated, as follows : " Martin Dawson, of 

.Amherst county, Virginia, married, 1st, Gaines. They had, besides 

several daughters, one son named Nelson. He married 2d, Carter. 

They had sons named Martin, William, Jesse and Zechariah." ] 

From Rev. Samuel Ga'mei Dawson, Toledo, Ohio, the folio-wing : 

1. Martin Dawson came from Scotland, and settled in 
Amherst county, Virginia. His wife's maiden name was Gaines. 
They had, besides several daughters, one only son named : 

2-1. Nelson C. Dawson," whose first wife was Lucy Goode, 
of Charlotte Co., Va. They lived in Amherst county, and had 
one son and four daughters, as follows : 

' Nehon C. Dawson was a corporal, and Benjamin R. and Martin N. Dawson 
(brothers > ) were privates in Capt Cornelius Sales' company, 8th Regt., 4th Brigade, 
Va. Militia, under Gen. John H. Cooke, 1814-15, each serving 5 mos. and 20 days. 

The Dawson Family. 321 

3-1. Samuel Gaines, b. about 1796, d. near Zanesville, O., 1835 ; m. 

3-2. Lucy, m. WiNGFIELD. 

3-3. Betsey, m. — Ware. 
3-4. Nancy, m. — Lambkin. 
3-5. Matilda, m. in Lynchburg. 

Name of Nelson C. Dawson's second w., and whether any 
issue of that marriage, not stated. 

3-1. Samuel Gaines Dawson, b. in Amherst county, Va., 
about 1796, went from his native county as surgeon's assistant 
under Dr. Austin, in Leftwich's Brigade, which went from Bed- 
ford county, Va., in the war of 18 12. On the death of Dr. 
Austin he was promoted surgeon, served till the end of the war, 
and was discharged on its close, at Ellicott's Mills, in Mary- 
land. After the war he settled in Salem, Roanoke county, Va., 
as a practicing physician, and was there married, in 18 16, to 

Maria Burwell, dau. of Major Lewis Burwell, and w. 

Digges, daughter of Dudley Digges, Esq. After a residence of 
two years in Salem, he removed to Lynchburg, Va., where, in 
partnership with Jacob Haas, he published the Lynchburg Press. 
He remained in Lynchburg about four years. Having sold his 
shares in his Press to Pleasants (who afterwards fell in a duel) 
he returned to Salem, and resumed the practice of medicine. 
Thence he removed, in 1831, to Putnam, one of the suburbs 
of Zanesville, Ohio, where he died in 1835, aged 39. His 
widow still survives, and resides, 1873, '" Davenport, Iowa. 
Their children were : 
4-1. Fanny, d. in infancy. 
4-2. Martha, m. in Putnam, David Munch ; res. 1873, near Lima, 

Allen Co., O. 
4-3. Nelson Burwell, d. Davenport, Iowa, 1856; no family. 

4-4. Lucy Ann, m. near Columbus, O., Armstrong; res. Iowa. 

4-5. Mary Jane, m. in Crawford Co., Gilbert Erwin ; res. 1873, 

Cleveland, Henry Co., 111. 
4-6. Fanny D., m. — — Swan; res. 1873, Davenport, Iowa. 
4-7. Rosalie, res. 1873, Davenport, Iowa. 
4-8. Edwin, res. 1873, Laramie, Wyoming. 
4-9. Samuel Gaines, b. in Salem, Va., March 17, 1831, res. 1873, 

Toledo, O. ; m. 
4-10. Thomas Lewis, res. 1873, Laramie, Wyoming. 
4-11. Edmonia, m. Capt. H. C. Hamilton; res. 1873, Richwood, 

Union Co., Ohio. 


322 The Dawson Family. 

4-9. Rev. Samuel Gaines Dawson, was b. in Salem, 
Roanoke county, Va., March 17th, 1831. In his twenty- 
seventh year, he left the mercantile life in which he had been en- 
gaged from his fifteenth year, and after a brief course of study, 
was ordained a minister of the Baptist denomination, beginning 
his ministerial life near Marietta, Ohio. He preached in Vir- 
ginia and Ohio until 1861, when he became pastor of the 
Baptist church at Lancaster, Ohio. In 1863, he assumed the 
charge of a Mission church in East Toledo, Ohio, where he is 
still located as pastor of the Second Baptist church of that 
city.' He m. in McConnellsville, O., Sept. 4, 1854, 

" ' It will be remembered that this evening, at yj o'clock, Rev. S. G. Dawson will 
deliver a discourse concerning his ten years' pastorate in East Toledo, in the Baptist 
church, East Side, at 7+ o'clock. After the service in the church, the friends will 
gather at his house, on Fourth and Oak streets, for a social reunion and 

" The experience of any man who stands by a great city, and watches its develop- 
ment for a period of ten years, is replete with interest. How much more so must be 
the experience and recollections ot a clergyman, who for an unbroken decade has 
marked not only the physical and material, but the spiritual growth of such a field 
as that which the returning years have ripened under his ministration. We trust 
the Rev. gentleman will pardon us if on the eve of his anniversary service we take 
occasion to allude somewhat personally to the labors whose history the Baptist 
church of East Toledo can regard only with pleasure and satisfaction. His ministry, 
like his field, was comparatively a new one. Three years in the building of a church 
and the organizing of a congregation on the Ohio river, near Marietta, and two 
years at Lancaster, in this state, had filled the short interval between an active busi- 
ness life in Davenport, Iowa, and his undertaking what was then the mission work 
of East Toledo. One of the most influential of those through whose counsel Mr. 
Dawson entered this field was the late Horace L. Sargent, the fruit of whose labors 
is still abundant, notwithstanding his earthly work is ended. We may well imagine, 
though we cannot fully comprehend, with what anxiety and solicitude this field was 
entered. The possibilities were great, but the obstacles, from a human stand point, 
were even greater, and after all his toil another might come to gather in his harvest. 
And so we say, that standing in the present with the vague possibilities of those by- 
gone years crystallized into clear cut facts, the past seems but a story of some 
other and well nigh forgotten generation. 

Mr. Dawson came into East Toledo on the 26th day of November, 1863, the day 
before Thanksgiving. At that time Toledo's boastful friends claimed 16,000 people. 
In the bounds of his parish on the east side, there were supposed to be about 800. But 
that parish extended from Grassy creek to the bay, and from the east bank of the 
Maumee to Clay Junction, about seven miles by ten. In these boundaries he has 
labored just ten years. * * * * 

* * * The Baptist church was formed with nine members, aside from the 
pastor and his wife. The church has had in all, 154 members, and to-day numbers 
114. There are two Sunday schools, enrolling over one hundred each. 

The reader may gather a faint idea of the work of these ten years when we give 
the following figures : 

Mr. Dawson has preached 1,750 sermons; attended over 1,000 prayer meetings ; 
has superintended two Sunday schools most of these ten years, while teaching a class 
in each school; and has been Sunday school chorister all of this time. He has 
made visits innumerable, has attended over 200 funerals, and more than 50 weddings. 
He has seen the city grow from fifteen to forty thousand; his own parish from eight 

The Dawson Family. 323 

Anna Maria Barker^ dau. of Luther D. and Maria Devol Barker. 
They have had three children, all of whom d. young : 
5-1. Frank Henry. 
5-2. Maria B. 
5-3. Mary B. 

The compiler is indebted to Mr. Dawson for valued assistance 
in the compilation of these records. 

The records of what is suppostd lo he another branch of this family -were contributed by 
the Rett. James Madison Daivsaii, of Owenshoro, Ky., 1 872, asfoUotvs: 

1. John Dawson lived in Stafford county, |Va. He was 
an officer in the Revolutionary service, and was six feet six 
inches in height. He m. in Va., and, taking with him his 
family (except a son who had previously emigrated to Louisi- 
ana, and perhaps a married daughter), he removed, in 1817, to 
Shelby county, Ky. Thence he removed to Jacksonville, 111., 
where he d. at the age of 89, and was buried with the honors 
of war. He had nine children : 
2-1. Samuel, b. in Stafford Co., Va., abt. 1780, d. in Ohio Co.,|Ky., 

.844; m. 
2-2. Bailey. 

2-3. John, removed to Louisiana before 1817. 
2-4. Barnett or Bernard, d. in 111. ; m. 
2-5. Elijah. 
2-6. Lemuel, m. 
2-7. Barton. 
2-8. Lydia. 
2-9. Hannah. 

2-1. Samuel Dawson, b. in Stafford Co., Va., about 1780, 
m. 1st, in Va., about 1807, Susan Hardin, and about 1 81 7, 
emigrated to Shelby county, Ky., removing thence about 1829, 
to Davies Co., in the same state. He d. at his son Jackson's, 
in Ohio Co., 1844. By his first wife, above named, he had 
nine children, all of whom settled in Ky., and are named in the 
order of their ages, as follows : 

hundred to twenty-five hundred ; church members on the east side increased from 
a dozen to three hundred \ one church building to six ; and Sunday school scholars 
from thirty to four hundred. 

But while figures will not lie, they cannot tell all of the truth. This is simply 
the skeleton of ten years of toil and anxieties in the Black swamp of Ohio. It may 
be good as a skeleton, but this is all ; for the hopes and fears, the burdens and joys 
of such a life cannot be measured or expressed." — Toledo Blade, Nov. 26, 1873. 

3 24 T^fi^ Dawson Family. 

3-1. Harrison, b. in Va., 1807, d. at Owensboro, Ky., 1855 ; m. 

3-2. Nelson, d. in Shelby Co., Ky. 

3-3. Gipson, b. in Va., 1809, res. 1872, in Davies Co., Ky. ; m. 

3-4. Madison, d. in Shelby Co., Ky. 

3-5. Samuel, d. in Shelby Co., Ky. 

3-6. Jackson (or John), b. 1817, res. in Ohio Co., Ky. ; m. 

3-7. Martha, m. 1st, Osborne King, 4 children ; 2d, Harper, 3 

children; res. 1872, Ohio Co., Ky. 
3-8. Linia, d. in Ohio Co., Ky., m. 1st, Westerfield, 2 daus. ; 

2d, Pool, i son. 

3-9. Jane, m. Geo. W. Rhodes ; 7 children, all res. Ohio Co., Ky. 

Mr. Dawson's second wife was a widow whose maiden name 
\i?i% Myers. She d. in 1833. They had one son : 
3-10. Jacob M., b. in Ky., July 30, 1828, res. 1872, Decatur, 111. 

2-4. Barnett (or Bernard) Dawson m. ; d. in 

Illinois. One son : 

3-1 1. Bailey, b. about 1832, res. 1872, Jacksonville, III. ; unm. 

2-6. Lemuel Dawson, m. Mary , had son : 

3-12. Benjamin, who res. 1872, in Missouri. 

3-1. Harrison Dawson, farmer, b. in Prince William Co., 
Va., 1807, removed with his parents to Kentucky, 181 7, and 
d. at Owensboro, in that state, 1855. He m. Susan Bassett. 
They had twelve children, of whom some d. young. The wid. 
and six children res. in Illinois. 

3-3. Gipson Dawson, carpenter, b. in Prince William Co., 
Va., 1809, removed with his parents and gr. father into Shelby 
Co., Ky., in 1817, and res. 1872, in Davies Co., in that state. 
He m. Nov. i, 1832, Catharine Griffin^ who d. in Ky., of palsy, 
in 1870. They had three sons, all b. in Davies Co. : 
4-1. James Madison, b. Jan. 17, 1836, d. at Owensboro, Ky., 1873 ; m. 
4-2. William Harrison, b. Nov. 30, 1 841, res. 1872, Hawesville, Ky. ; m. 
^-3. John Coleman, b. Jan. 18, 1846, d. in Owensboro, Jan. 30, 1857, 
aged II. 

3-6. Jackson (sometimes called John) Dawson, was b. in 
the wilderness, at the foot of the Alleghany mountains, during 
the journey of his parents into Kentucky, in 181 7. He m. 
Bethany Bishop. They had four children, all of whom are m. 
and res. in Ohio Co., Ky. : 

The Dawson Family. 325 

4-4. William. 
4-5. Byron. 
4-6. Fanny. 
4-7- Sally. 

4-1. Rev. James Madison Dawson, b. in Davies Co., Ky., 
Jan. 17, 1836, resided 1872, at Owensboro, in same county. 
He entered the ministry of the Baptist denomination, July, 1855, 
and had, in 1872, the pastoral care of four churches. He m. at 
Litchfield, Grayson Co., Ky., March 26, 1862, Ruth Ann 
Dowden, dau. of Rev. D. and Sarah N. Dowden, of Branden- 
burg, Ky. They had seven children, all b. in Davies Co. : " 

5-1. Theodosia, b. Jan. 15, 1863. 

5-2. Pendleton, b. Feb. 23, 1865. 

5-3. Sally Kate, b. Oct. 16, 1866. 

5-4. James Robert, b. March 8, 1868. 

5-5. Maple, b. Nov. 12, 1869. 

5-6. Herbert, b. Aug. 29, 1871, d. Sept. 9, 187 1. 

5-7. Mary Lutitia, b. Aug. 28, 1872. 

4-2. Rev. William Harrison Dawson, b. in Davies Co., 
Ky., Nov. 30, 1841, entered the Baptist ministry in that county 
in June, 1846, and removed, March, 1869, to Hawesville, Han- 
cock Co., in same state. He is now pastor of the Baptist church 
at that place, and serves other village churches along the river. 
He m. in Davies Co., Nov. 12, 1865, Martha IV. Howard. 
They have two children : 

5-8. John Coleman, b. July 6, 1869. 
5-9. George Walter, b. May 14, 1871. 

From Mr. Bcnj. Dawson, Lconarditown, Md., and Mr. David Dawson, Hcathsville, 
Va.j 1873, the foUo'wing ; 

1. John Dawson, of Northumberland county, Va., gave, 
in 1754, a deed of 50 acres of land to his son 

2-1. John Dawson, whose will was recorded in 1805. 
Probably his death occurred near that time. He was twice m, 
and had by ist wife eight children, all now dead, as follows : 

* A notice of Mr. Dawson's death was received from Rev. Mr. Dowden, Sep- 
tember, 1873. A request was immediately forwarded to Mr. Dowden for the date 
~ The compiler regrets that these 

326 T^he Dawson Family. 

3-1. George. 

3-2. John, has a son Richard, now living in Richmond Co., Va. 

3-3. Christopher ; m. 

3-4. Samuel, d. unm. 

3-5. Thomas, m. Hannah Hall. 

3-5. Jane, d. unm. 

■1,-1 . William, m. ; no issue. 

3-8. Mary. Vanlandingham ; Beachum. 

The 2d wife of John Dawson was Polly Hall. They had 
one son : 
3-9. Benjamin, b. Dec. 12, 1791, d. Feb. 16, 1863. 

3-3. Christopher Dawson m. Susan Headley. He was 
taken prisoner by the British in last war with England ; was 
carried ofF, and never returned. One son : 
4-1. Christopher, res. 1873, in Northumberland county, Va. 

3-8. Mary Dawson m. 1st, Vanlandingham. They 


4-2. William. 

4-3. George. 

She m. 2d, Beachum. They had : 

4-4. Linzey. 

3-9. Benjamin Dawson, farmer, b. in Northumberland 
Co., Va., Dec. 12, 1791, d. Feb. 16, 1863, m. Frances Headley. 
They had ten children, all b. in Northumberland county, and 
nearly all members of the Baptist church : 
4-5. Polly H., b. 1815, res. Lottsburgh, Northumberland Co. Winsted ; 


4-6. William, b. 1816, res. Union village, Northumberland Co. ; m. 

4-7. Nancy, b. 1818, d. young. 

4-8. Daniel, b. 1821, m. Roberta Holliday ; res. Union village ; no 

4-9. Benjamin, b. 1823, res. Leonardstown, Md. ; m. 
4-10. Richard, b. 1826, res. Union village ; m. 
4-1 1. Lewis L., b. 1828, d. 1868 ; m. 

4-12. David, b. 1831, m. Emma J. Hall, res. Heathsville, Northum- 
berland Co. ; no issue. 
4-13. Joseph W., b. 1833, res. Union village ; m. 
4-14. Frances J., b. 1835, res. Kinsale, Westmoreland Co., Va. Allen. 

4-5. Polly H. Dawson., b. in Northumberland county, Va., 
1 81 5, m. 1st, Winsted. They had four children : 

The Dawson Family. 327 

5-1. [WiNSTED.] Joseph. 
5-2. Dandridge. 
5-3. Isabel. 
5-4. Fannie. 

She m. 2d, DoDsoN, and res. 1873, ^^ Lottsburgh, Va. 

4-6. William Dawson, b. in Northumberland Co., Va., 
1816, m. Elizabeth Cookman, and res. 1873, ^^ Union village, 
same county. Four children : 
5-5. Zernah. 
5—6. Tecumseh. 
5-7. John W. 
5-8. Alonzo. 

4-9. Benjamin Dawson, b. in Northumberland Co., Va., 
1823, m. Mary E. Raley^ and res. 1873, in Leonardstown, St. 
Mary's Co., Md. They have had ten children : 
5-9. Sarah F. 
5-10. Olie. 
i;-ll. Martha. 
5-12. William H. 
5-13. Nanie. 
5-14. John. 
5-15. Mary. 
5-16. Alice. 
5-17. David L. 

4-10. Richard Dawson, b. in Northumberland Co., Va., 
1826, m. 1st, Elizabeth Cookman, who d. without issue ; 2d, 
Elizabeth Jackson, who also d. without issue ; 3d, Lucy Damron. 
They have six children, and res. 1873, at Union village, in 
Northumberland county : 
5-19. Braxton. 
5-20. Ferdinand. 
5—21. Laura. 
5-22. Robert L. 
5-23. Elizabeth. 
5-24. Lucy M. 

4-11. Lewis L. Dawson, b. in Northumberland Co., Va., 
1828, m. Juliet A. Sandy, and d. 1868. They had three 
children, who res. 1873, ^' Union village, in that county : 
5-25. William C. 
5-26. Emma J. 
5-27. Edward E. 

328 The Dawson Family. 

4-13. Joseph W. Dawson, b. in Northumberland county, 
Va., 1833, •"• '2'artanie Lewis. They res. 1873, ^^ Union 
village, same county. Three children : 
5-28. Henrietta S. 
5-29. Benjamin F. 
5-30. Lloyd M. 

4-14. Frances J. Dawson, b. in Northumbland Co., Va., 
1835, m. William Allen. They res. 1873, ^* KinsaleP. O., 
Westmoreland Co., Va. Eight children : 
5-31. John P. 
5-32. Mary J. 
5-33. William B. 
5-34. Daniel W. 
5-35. Fannie P. 
5-36. Elizabeth S. 
5-37. Eugene H. 
5-38. Arthur G. 

From Mr. Benjamin T. Dawson, of Mason-ville, Davits! Co., Ky., 1873, the/ol/owing : 

1. Benjamin Dawson, a farmer, b. about 1785, was a native 
of Virginia, and d. in Henry Co., Ky., 1848. He was a deacon 
in the Baptist church. His father, who d. in Va., was twice 
m., and is said to have raised a family of twenty-two children. 
Benjamin had brothers Gabriel, Armstrong, James and Thomas, 
and several sisters, who lived in Ky., several having made their 
homes in the same county, Fayette, where he first located. 
His first wife was a Miss McCann. She dying, he m., about 

1810, her sister, widow Lyon. They had six children : 

2-1. Joseph M., b. in Fayette Co., Jan. 4, 181 l,d. in Daviess Co., Ky., 

Feb., 1868; m. 
2-2. James S., b. in Fayette Co., about 1816, d. in Daviess Co., Ky., 

1858; m. 
2-3. Ellis, d. in Henry Co., 1847, aged about 25 years ; unm. 
2-4. Betsey, d. in Indiana, about 1844, m. Lawrence Owen. 
2-5. Lucy, d. in Henry Co., Ky., about 1838, m. Jerry Crabb. 
2-6. Mildred, d. in Henry Co., 1870, m. Martin Duvall. 

2-1. Joseph M, Dawson, b. in Fayette Co., Ky., Jan. 4, 

181 1, d. of consumption, in Daviess Co., Ky., Feb., 1868, aged 
57. He was a farmer ; a deacon in the Baptist church ; m. 
Elizabeth Miller, who res. 1872, in Daviess county. They had 
eleven children : 

The Dawson Family. 329 

3-1. Benjamin T., b. Aug. 25, 1836, res. 1873,-Masonville, Ky. ; m. 

3-2. James Ellis, b. Aug. 26, 1838, res. Daviess Co. ; m. 

3-3. William Henry, b. Jan. 26, 1841, res. Daviess Co. ; m. 

3-4. Joseph Peyton, b. Aug. I 2, 1 843, res. Daviess Co. ; m. 

3-5. Sarah J., b. April 2, 1846, d. May 17, 1862. 

3-6. Mary K., b. Sept. 12, 1848, res. Daviess Co. Cottrell. 

3-7. Martha P., twin sister of Mary K., res. Daviess Co. Yewell. 

3-8. Emma J., b. .April 22, 1851, res. Daviess Co. ; unm. 

3-9. Ira W., b. Oct. 8, 1853, res. Daviess Co. ; unm. 

3-10. Bettie A., b. Oct. i, 1857, res. Daviess Co. ; unm. 

3-11. Louella, b. June 15, 1861, d. July 3, 1864. 

2-2. James S. Dawson, b. in Fayette Co., Ky., about 1816, 
d. in Daviess Co., Ky., 1858, of consumption. He was a Bap- 
tist preacher, and in the ministry in Henry Co. about twelve or 
fifteen years. He m. about 1837, Mary J. Moore, who is still 
living (1872). They had eleven children, all d. except two, 
both young, residing with their mother in Masonville, Ky. : 

3-12. William H. 
3-13. Joseph T. 

3-1. Benjamin T. Dawson, b. in Ky., Aug. 25, 1836, m. 
Nancy J. Conyers, and res. 1873, at Masonville, in that state. 
He is a deacon in the Baptist church. They have five children : 

4-1. Charles Ellis, b. 1859. 
4-2. Minnie Kate, b. i860. 
4-3. Joseph Coleman, b. 1866. 
4-4. William Peay, b. 1868. 
4-5. Ada Clyde, b. 1872. 

3-2. James Ellis Dawson, b. in Ky., Aug. 26, 1838, m. 
Kate Ford, and res. 1873, '" Daviess Co., Ky. They have 
three children : 

4-6. Alverda Jasper, b. 1866. 

4-7. Eben Ford, b. 1868. 

4-8. Arthur Hathaway, b. 1873. 

3-3. William Henry Dawson, b. in Ky., Jan 26, 1841, 
m. Firginia B. Ford. They res. 1873, in Daviess Co. Two 
children : 

4-9. Buelah, b. 1866. 
4-10. Herbert, b. 1869. 

330 The Dawson Family. 

3-4. Joseph Peyton Dawson, b. in Ky., Aug. 12, 1843, 
m. Mary Bell Staple. They res. 1873, in Daviess Co. Two 
children : 

4-1 1. Nettie Belle, b. 1870. 
4-12. Bertha Alice, b. 1872. 

3-6. Mary K. Dawson, b. in Ky., Sept. 12, 1848, m. James 
H. CoTTRELL, res. 1873, Daviess Co., Ky. One child: 
4-13. Estelle, d. 

3-7. Martha P. Dawson, b. in Ky., Sept. 12, 1848, m. 
Benjamin F. Yewell, res. 1873, Daviess Co. Three chn. : 

4-14. Emma Kate, b. 1868. 
4-15. Dora Alice, b. 1870. 
4-16. Lulie Belle, b. 1872. 

From TrUliam D. Dawson, Esq., Elizahilhlo-wn, 'Colfax Co., New Mexico, 187I, 
the following : 

1. William R. Dawson (son of a Baptist minister, name 
not stated, whose ancestors came to Virginia in the colonial 
times) emigrated from Richmond in 1830, and settled in St. 
Louis Co., Mo., as a practicing lawyer, where he m. Jnn Eliza 
Paynter, dau. of Julius Paynter, a cabinet maker, who had emi- 
grated from Lynchburg, Va., a year or two previously. From 
St. Louis, W. R. D. moved to Franklin and Washington 
counties. Mo., where he engaged in school-teaching, farming, 
and the law, until about 1839. In this year he again moved 
to St. Louis, where he occupied himself in the newspaper busi- 
ness until 1847, when he again left the city. He shortly after 
settled in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and purchased there the South 
Missourian printing office and newspaper, which latter he con- 
verted into the Western Eagle, and continued to publish the 
same until his death in 1853. (^'* ^'''- •"• ^'^- J°hn J. 
Sterne, of Jefferson city. Mo., and res. 1 871, at Monticello, in 
that state). Two children: 
2-1. William D., above named. 
2-2. Clay D., b. 1842. 

Mr. William D. Dawson, the elder son, continued the 
publication of the Eagle, at Cape Girardeau, until 1856, when 
he sold out, and removed to Jefferson city, Mo., where he was 

The Dawson Family. 331 

also engaged in the printing business, and continued in the same 
until 1859. I" t^'s year, he emigrated to Colorado, where he 
engaged in printing, mining, farming and milling, until 1865, 
when he again went to Missouri. From this state, after a resi- 
dence of two years, he removed to Colfax county, New Mexico 
(1867), where he has since been engaged in mining and publish- 
ing. He is now editor and publisher of the Railway, Press and 
Telegraph, at Elizabethtown, in that county. 

Mr. Clay D. Dawson has also followed the business of 
his father, and is now (1871) one of the publishers and propri- 
etors of the Maysvtlle Daily and Weekly Appeal, one of the 
leading newspaper publications in California. 

The following from Gin. Jamci A. Daivwn, Louhmlle, Ky., 1873 : 

1. John Dawson, b. either in Md. or Va., probably abt. 
1720 to 1 730, lived in Bedford county, Va. He m. Susan JVood, 
who was of English descent. They had four sons and several 
daughters : 
2-1. Jeremiah, b. in Bedford Co., May 30, 1763, d. in Hart Co., Ky., 

Feb. 10, 1846; m. 
2-2. John, removed to the Kanawha valley, W. Va. ; had a family. 
2-3. Thomas, | said to have removed to Georgia, with their father, 
2—4. William, ) after his two elder sons " moved West." 
2-5. Nancy, eldest dau., m. Peter Fitzhugh. The names of other daus. 

not communicated. 

2-1. Jeremiah Dawson was b. in Bedford county, Va., 
May 30, 1763. He was old enough to take part in the Revo- 
lutionary struggle before its close ; enlisted at the age of 17 as 
a private in the company of Capt. Watkins' Va. Vols., and par- 
ticipated in at least one fight, the battle of Guilford Court-House, 
N. C. (March, 1781). Some years after peace was declared, 
he m. in Bedford Co., Va., Nancy Bollard, who was b. in that 
county, Oct. 6, 1766, and was of Scotch and Welsh descent. 
They remained a few years in Virginia, but removed before the 
beginning of the present century to Kentucky, and settled for a 
short time in Madison county ; then removed to Hardin (now 
Hart) county, on the banks of Green river, about a mile and a half 
from Munfordsville, where he d. Feb. 10, 1846, aged 83, and she 
d. Dec. 9, 1852, aged 87. He was a man of sober, excellent 

332 'The Dawson Family. 

habits, simple tastes and high moral character. He received an 
ordinary English education, possessed strong natural sense, was 
six feet two inches in height, large, " raw boned" and muscular, 
a man of great physical power. He cared little for the acquisi- 
tion of wealth, devoting his early years to the manly sports of 
bear and deer hunting, only giving that attention to his farm re- 
quired for the maintenance of his family, and the education of 
his children. They had five sons and six daughters : 
3-1. John,b. in Bedford Co., Va.,abt. 1791, d. in Ky., abt. 1864, aged 

abt. 73 ; n. 
3-2. Thomas, b. in Bedford Co., abt. 1792, res. 1873, in Hart Co., 

Ky. ; m. 
3-3. Mary, b. in Bedford county. 
3-4. Susan, b. in Hart Co., Ky., m. Charles Rader ; d. leaving several 

3-5. Jeremiah, b. in Hart Co., d. young. 
3-6. Nancy, b. in Hart Co., m. Richard Bostick, and res. a wid. in 

Hart Co. : several children. 
3-7. William, b. in Hart Co., d. young. 
3-8. Mildred, b. in Hart Co. , m. Hiram Kelley; d. leaving several 

3-9. Elizabeth, b. in Hart Co., m. 1st, James Orchard ; 2d, — Mc- 

CoMBS ; d. in Mo. 
3-10. Ransom A., b. in Hart Co., res. 1873, at the homestead, near 

Munfordsville ; m. 
3-11. Boice, m. Moses Stewart; d. in Mo., leaving one or two child- 

3-1. John Dawson, b. in Bedford Co., Va., about 1791, d. 
in Hart Co., Ky., 1864, aged abt. 73. He m. Mary Reynolds^ 
and had eleven children. The sons were : 
4-1. James, d. in Hart Co., Ky., 1872, leaving several children, still in 

Hart Co. 
4-2. Miles, res. Kansas ; has family. 

4-3. Fielding, res. Rowiett's Station P. O., Hart Co., Ky. ; unm. 
4-4. John Will, m. , res. Missouri. 

3-2. Thomas Dawson, b. in Bedford Co., Va., abt. 1792, 
res. 1873, in Hart Co., Ky., aged 8r. He has all his life been 
a farmer. He m. Nancy Fitzhugh. Eight children : 
4-5. Robert B., farmer, res. near Newton, Jasper Co., Iowa, of which 

county he has been Probate judge ; has a family. 
4-6. Jeremiah, farmer, res. near Munfordsville, Hart Co., Ky. ; has 

4-7. Peter F., physician, d. in Hart Co., 1857, aged 35 ; m. 

The Dawson Family. 333 

4-8. Thomas T., farmer, res. near Newton, Iowa ; has family. 

4-9. Elizabeth, res. Hart Co., Ky. Fuqua. 

4-10. Mary, m. Jonathan Gardner, res. Powder Mills P. O., Hart 

Co., Ky. 
4-1 1. Nancy, m. A. H. Shrygley, res. Bacon Creek P. O., Ky. 
4-12. Melinda, m. Hayden Loysden, res. Munfordsville, Ky. 

3-10. Ransom A. Dawson, b. in Hart Co., Ky., near 
Munfordsville, 1808, res. 1873, on the paternal farm. He m. 
in Hart county, 1833, Elizabeth L. Wright^ who was b. in 
Hart Co., and d. Feb. 2, 1845, dau. of Allen Wright. They 
had five children : 

4-13. James A., b. April 2, 1834, res. 1873, Louisville, Ky. ; m. 
4-14. William W., d. young. 
4-11;. Thomas C, d. young. 

4-16. Jeremiah J., b. 1840, res. 1873, Winfield, Kansas ; farmer. 
4-17. Nannie A., b. 1842. 

Mr. Dawson m. 2d, Nov. 4, 1846, Martha A. S. Hodges, 
wid. of William Hodges, b. in Pittsylvania Co., Va. Her 
maiden name was Price. They had five children : 
4-18. Sarah Elizabeth, b. 1847, m. W. A. Wilson, farmer ; res. 1873, 

Bacon Creek P. O., Hart Co., Ky. 
4-19. Drury T., b. 1849, res. Hart Co., Ky. 
4-20. Miles H., b. 1851, res. Hart Co. 
4-21. Mattie M., b. 1853, res. Hart Co. 
4-22. Ransom A., b. 1855, res. Hart Co. 

4-7. Peter F. Dawson, physician, d. in Hart Co., Ky., 
June 24, 1857, aged abt. 35, m. in Hart Co., 1852, Rebecca 
Norton, dau. of William Norton. Three children : 
5-1. Thomas F., b. June 23, 1853, reporter, 1873, Louisville Daily 

5-2. Ellen F., b. Aug. 23, 1854. 
5-3. Maria L., b. Sept. 18, 1856. 

4-9. Elizabeth Dawson m. Jesse Fuqua. Res. Hart Co., 
Ky. Seven children : 

5-4. Thomas D., farmer, res. Munfordsville, Ky. 
5-5. Robert, farmer, res. Newton P. O., Jasper Co., Iowa. 
5—6. Charles, farmer, res. Kansas. 

5-7. Nancy, m. Albert Loysden, res. Munfordsville, Ky. 
5-8. Martha, m. Joseph Loysden, res. Kansas. 
5-9. Elizabeth, m. Fielding Kinney, res. Munfordsville, Ky. 
5-10. Laura, m. Francis Butler, res. Bacon Creek P. O., Hart Co.. 

334 ^'^'^ Dawson Family. 

4-13. Gen. James A. Dawson was b. in Hart county, 
Ky., April 2, 1834. At abt. the age of 18 he began to write 
for the press. He studied law before his majority, was elected 
clerk of Hart county in 1858, and reelected in 1862. He was 
a democrat, but opposed to secession, voting for Mr. Douglass 
in i860, and entering the Federal army in 1862, but resigning 
the next year, on receiving the nomination of the " Union 
Democracy" for register of the state land office. He was elected 
in August, and in the following month removed to Frankfort, 
the state capital. In 1867 he was reelected register, and be- 
fore the second term expired, he organized and took editorial 
charge of the Louisville Daily Ledger, the first number of which 
was issued Feb. 16, 1871. On the inauguration of Gov. Leslie, 
in Sept., 1871, Mr. Dawson was tendered by him, and accepted, 
the position of adjutant-general of the state, which office he 
still holds. He has for the past two years resided in Louisville. ' 
He m. Aug. 23, 1859, Margaret H. Connelly, b. in Columbiana 
Co., O., Aug. 18, 1840, dau. of Dr. P. J. Connelly (b. in Ire- 
land, now of Des Moines, Iowa) and w. Ann Weimer (of Ger- 
man descent, b. in Penn.). They have had four children : 
5-11. Henry S., b. in Hart Co., Ky., Aug. 14, l86o,d. July 24, 1868. 
5-12. Anna Wilder, b. in Hart Co., Sept. 7, 1862. 
5-13. Elizabeth L., b. in Frankfort, Ky-, June 22, 1864. 
5-14. Howard Henderson, b. in Frankfort, Aug. 18, 1867. 

William Htnry Dawscn, Blachburg, Va., 1871 : 

1. The father (name not communicated) of Wm. Henry 
Dawson, above named, came from England, and m. at Carlisle, 
Pa., about i8i2, Sarah Preston, a native of that state. After 
his marriage he was sent as a soldier in the United States service 
to Detroit, Michigan, where he died shortly after, of a fever. His 
wife was with him at the time of his decease, and about one 

^ The Daily Ledger, which Mr. Dawson still edits, is now a well-established, pros- 
perous and influential journal. " Gen. Dawson is a terse, clear writer ; a marked 
political economist, and a man of severe moral courage. As an orator he has tew 
equals, being ever ready in debate, strong in argument, and sure in all details of facts. 
He has several times canvassed the state of Ky., and has attained great popularity as 
a speaker. The Daily Ledger was established under great pecuniary difficulties, and 
its present firm existence is due to the untiring energy and perseverance of Gen. Daw- 
son. It is now regarded as the official organ of the Democratic party in Kentucky." 
— Maj. H. T. Stanton, Frankfort,Ky., 1S73. 



334 '^^^ Dawson Family. 

4-13. Gen. James A. Dawson was b. in Hart county, 
Ky., April 2, 1834. At abt. the age of 18 he began to write 
for the press. He studied law before his majority, was elected 
clerk of Hart county in i858,and reelected in 1862. He was 
a democrat, but opposed to secession, voting for Mr. Douglass 
in i860, and cnterini? the Federal army in 1862, but resigning 
; the nomination of the " Union 
nate land office. He was elected 
■\z month removed to Frankfort, 
■ was reelected register, and be- 
ne organized and took editorial 
Ledger^ the first number of which 
:l.e inauguration of Gov. Leslie, 
. . _ . .IS tendered by him, and accepted, 

the position 0} adjutant-general of the state, which office he 
still holds. He has for the past two years resided in Louisville. ' 
He m. Aug. 23, 1859, Margaret H. Connelly^ b. in Columbiana 
Co., O., Aug. 18, 1840, dau. of Dr. P. J.. Connelly (b. in Ire- 
land, now of Des Moines, Iowa) and w. Jnn Weimer (of Ger- 
man descent, b. in Penn.). They have had four children : 
5-11. He rv S , b in Hart Co., Ky., Aug. 14, l86o,d. July 24, 1868. 
5-12. A- Han Co., Sept. 7, 1862. 

5-1?. E anktViri, Ky., June 22, 1864. 

< 14 II . b. in Frankfort,. Aug. 18, 1867. 

: ■7 Duwai, Blacksburg, Va., 1871 : 

'■■: father (name not communicated) of Wm, Henry 
. _. . '' v.. •. lived, came from England, and m. at Carlisle, 
Pa., ab Preston^ a native of that state. After 

his mai i as a soldier in the United States service 

to Oct; 'lerc he died shortly after, of a fever. His 

wife w he time of his decease, and about one 

' The i ' - ..'H still edits, is now a well-established, pros- 
perous an! Dawson is a terse, clear writer; a marked 
political e, moral courage. As an orator he has few 
equals, beir.^ 1 .. tument, and sure in all details of facts. 
Hr has several lini.. .-,1 has attained- great popularity as 
a speaker. The i>.; r great pecuniary difficulties, and 
it» present firm cjiiir -, and perseverance of Gen. Daw- 

It is now rega:.: .> c Democratic party in Kentucky." 

H. T. Stanton, i....... , .:., , ii/i. 


The Dawson Family. 335 

month after that event gave birth to their only child. She still 
(1871) survives, at the age of nearly 90 years. Her son 

2-1. William Henry Dawson, was raised and educated 
in Carlisle, and is by profession a teacher, which occupation he 
has followed nearly forty years. He m. Jan., 1840, Anna Croy^ 
who was b. in Va., and is of German descent. They have nine 
children, all b. in Blacksburg, and all living in 1871, as follows : 
3-1. Robert Marion, b. April 24, 1841, res. 1871, Knoxville, Tenn. ; m. 
3-2. William Thomas, b. Feb. 2, 1843, res. 1871, Edinburg, Ind., m. 

Mmtie Mayhew ; 2 children. 
3-3. Melissa Jane, b. 1845, res. Blacksburg, unm. 
3-4. Wesley McDonald, b. 1847, res. Lewisburg, W. Va., m. Ellen 

Foster ; 2 children. 
3-5. Martha Virginia, b. 1849, m. Rev. Wm. B. Beamer, Methodist 

minister, res. Lexington, Va. ; one child. 
3-6. Sarah Elizabeth, b. 185 I ; unm. 
3-7. Mary Matilda, b. 1853 ; unm. 
3-8. Maggie Ribble, b. 1857. 
3-9. Ellen Pauline, b. 1863. 

3-1. Robert Marion Dawson, contributor to these records, 
was b. in Blacksburg, Va., April 24, 1841, m. in Lynchburg, 
Dec, 1864, Ruherta C. M'lnton., a native of that city. He is a 
portrait painter by profession ; a talented and industrious artist, 
who after much patient study, mostly self directed, and years of 
labor, ill requited, begins, in more prosperous days, to realize 
that he is also a successful one. The pencil, palette and brush 
have been his companions almost constantly from boyhood, 
though laid aside for a time during the civil war, in which he 
took up arms on behalf of his native state. A short time after 
the close of the war he removed to Knoxville, Tenn., where he 
now resides (1872). He has had four children: 
4-1. Carrie Bell, b. in Blacksburg, April 24, 1866. 
4-Z. Minton West, b. in Blacksburg, May 19, 1867, d. Sept. 20, 1867. 
4-3. Willie Anna, b. in Knoxville, July 17, 1868. 
4-4. Herbert Marion, b. in Knoxville, May 1 1, 1870, d. June 29, 1870. 

Notes. \. Virginians in war of \'i\2-\\. From Pay-rolls. Joseph 
and Gabriel Dawson, privates, Capt. Wilson's company, 2d Regt. Va. 
Milina, 18 14, served each 2 mos. and five days; Henry Dawson, lieut. 

336 The Dawson Family. 

Capt. Scott's Co. 28th Reg. Va. Mil., from Nelson county, 6 mos. ; 
Thomas Dawson, private, 2 mos. 1 3 days, Capt. Jarvis, Northampton 
county, 27th Va. Mil., 1813-14 ; John Dawson, private, 17 days, Capt. 
Groyn, Gloucester county, 21st Va. Mil., 1814 ; Henry Dawson, 6 
mos. and Hiram A. Dawson, 5 mos. 10 days, privates, Capt. Timber- 
lake, 17th Va. Mil., 1814-15 ; Benjamin Dawson, sergeant, 4 mos. 2 
days, and George and Henry Dawson, privates, each 3 mos. 13 days, 
Capt. Henderson, Northumberland county, 37th Va. Mil., 1813-14; 
Jeremiah and Samuel Dawson, each 2 mos. 18 days, and John Dawson 
jun., 1 month, privates, Capt. Stranghan, Northumberland county, 37th 
Va. Mil., 1814 ; John Dawson, private, 2 mos. 4 days, Capt. Way, 
37th Regt. Va. Mil., 1813-14 ; Eppa Dawson, drummer, i mo. 23 
days, Capt. Deshield, 4th Va. Mil., attached to 37th Regt., 1813-14 ; 
Robert Dawson, private, 25 days, Capt. Shield, Va. Mil., 1813 ; and 
see p. 320, note. 

II. Confederate Dead, Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond. W. H. Daw- 
son, Co. H., 19th Geo. Regt., d. May 19, 1864; W. R. Dawson, 
Co. C, 44th Ala. Regt., d. Sept. 2, 1864; T. Dawson, Co. A., 23 
So. Carolina Regt., d. Sept. 2, 1 864 ; R. H. Dawson, Co. E., 2d Md. 
Regt., d. April 24, 1865. 


The name of Dawson is an old and honored one in 
North Carolina. Its earliest representative in the colony, so 
far as known, was John Dawson, who was one of the govern- 
or's council during the administration of Arthur Dobbs, chief- 
magistrate of the colony from 1754 to 1765. The governor 
was from Ireland. Whether or not the members of his council 
were of the same nativity is not stated." 



1. It is not certainly known that the above named John 
Dawson had a family ; but there is little reason to doubt, and 
strong reason to believe, that he had three sons, all of whom 
became prominent in the country, and were members, nearly at 
the same time, of the North Carolina House of Commons, as 
follows : 

z-l. Levi, member from Craven county, 1790-1791 ; m. 
2-2. John, member from Northumberland and Halifax counties, 1780- 

1790; m. 
2-3. William J., member from Bertie county, 1791. See forward. 

2-1. Major Levi Dawson early espoused the cause of the 
country against Great Britain, and was appointed major of the 
Fifth North Carolina Regiment, by the Provincial Congress, 
which met at Halifax, in that state, April 4, 1776. He repre- 
sented Craven county in the state legislature, then styled the 
House of Commons, during the years 1790 and 1791. It is 
understood to have been his son who was afterwards a member 
of the House from the same county, namely : 
3-1. John B., member from Craven county, 1833. See forward. 

' Wheeler's Hiitory of North Carolina, which sec for lists of members of the House 
of Commons, etc. It is a family tradition, however, that the ancestor was from 


338 'The 'Dawson Family. 

2-2. John Dawson was a member of the North Carolina 
House of Commons from Northumberland county during the 
years 1780, 1 78 1 and 1782, and from Halifax county in 1787 
and 1790. He settled on the Roanoke river in that county, 
and m. a Miss Jtherton.^ They d. leaving four young children, 
all sons, as follows : 
3—2. Jesse Atherton, several years a member of the House of Commons 

from Halifax Co. ; m. 
3-3. Henry, m. a Miss Alston, and d. without issue. 
3-4. John, d. in Maury Co., Tenn., 1843 ; m. 
3-5. William, m. but d. without issue. 

2-3. William Johnson Dawson was a member of the 
House of Commons of North Carolina from Bertie county, 179 1, 
and a representative in the United States Congress from that 
state from 1793 to 1795. He resided at Edenton, now in 
Chowan county. Very little more is known concerning him. ' 

2-1. John B. Dawson, a member of the House of Com- 
mons from Craven county, in 1833, afterwards removed to 
Louisiana, and represented that state in Congress from 1841 up 
to the time of his death, which occurred at St Francisville, La., 
June 26, 1845. It is said that he was born at Nashville, Tenn., 
in 1800. 3 His parents were probably among the early emigrants 
to that state, but seem to have retained an interest in their for- 
mer home, as the son is found there in 1833. At all events, 
there is no doubt of the connection of the congressman of La., 
with this family. "• 

3-2. Jesse Atherton Dawson, a wealthy planter of Hal- 
ifax county, N. C, represented that county in the House of 

" For information in regard to their descendants the compiler is indebted to Mrs. 
Ala F. Dawson, Canton, Miss., 1873. According to Mrs. Dawson's information 
John Dawson (2-2) had been a meinber of Congress. If so he must have gone from 
Virginia. See p. 315. 

' Lanman's Dictionary of Congress. In 1795, ^ ■'"'^ °^ " William Johnson Dawson 
of Edenton, N. C, gentleman," manumitting a slave named Primus, was recorded 
in Philadelphia. 

3 Lanman's Dictionary of Congress. 

* Mrs. A. F. Dawson, Canton, Miss., states, 1873, that in 1843 she paid a visit to 
Mr. John Dawsonof Maury county, Tenn. (3-40/ this record), and was told by him 
that Gen. John B. Dawson, then in Congress from Louisiana, was his " own" or 
'* first" cousin. 

The Dawson Family. 339 

Commons during the years 1816, 1817, 1818, 1820 and 1821. 
He left one son : 

4-1. John Henry, m. a Miss Taylor, and d. early, leaving two daus., 
who are still living. 

3-4. John Dawson, b. in North Carolina, m. Martha 
Green Hunter. They emigrated to Shelby county, Tenn., abt. 
1822, and in 1824 removed to Maury county, in the same state, 
where he d. in the fall of 1843. ^^'^ w'^- '^ ^''" 'iving at Mt. 
Pleasant, in that county. He was a large farmer. They had 
eleven children, as follows : 

4-2. John, res. 1873, in Maury county, Tenn. ; unm. 
4-3. Henry A., physician, res. Maury county; unm. 
4-4. William Leon, b. in Warren county, N. C, Oct., 1820, d. in 

Maury Co., Tenn., Oct., 1844 ; m. 
4-5. Martha Green, m. Frierson, res. Columbia, Maury Co., 


4-6. Jesse Atherton, m. , res. Oakalona, Miss. ' 

4-7. Temperance Alston, m. B.^^rrow, res. Mt. Pleasant, Maury 

Co., Tenn. 
4-8. Jacob Hunter, res. Forest city, Arkansas ; has a family. 

4-9. Mary P., m. Dobbin, res. Mt. Pleasant, Tenn. 

4-10. Elizabeth T., m Long, res. Mt. Pleasant. 

4-1 1. Charity Alston, m. Kitrell, res. Mt. Pleasant. 

4-12. Mann, res. Mt. Pleasant; unm. 

4-4. William Leon Dawson was b. in Warren county, 
N. C, Oct., 1840. His parents removed to Shelby county, 
Tenn., about 1822, and in 1824 to Maury county, in the same 
state. He was educated at La Grange College, Franklin county, 
Ala., and m. Jan., 1841, Ala F. fVinter,h. at Tuscumbia, Ala., 
1825.^ They removed to Madison county, Miss., in 1843, 
where he engaged in business as a cotton planter. He d. in 
Oct., 1844, while on a visit to his parents in Maury county, 
Tenn. Mrs. Dawson res. 1873, at Canton, Miss. They had 
two sons : 
5-1. John, b. in Maury Co., Tenn., Dec, 1841, d. in Canton, Miss., 

Oct., 1872; unm. See forward. 
5-2. William Leon, b. at Tuscumbia, Ala., Oct., 1842, d. in Yazoo 

Co., Miss., June, 1871 ; unm. See forward. 

■ A promising son, William L., was drowned in the Mississippi river a few years 
since. Mr. D. has other children, 

» Youngest daughter of William Hooe Winter and Catharine Starkr ff^asAingion ; 
the former from Charles county, Md., the latter dau. of Col. Harry Washington, 
Prince William Co., Va. 

340 The DawsoJi Fatnily. 

John Dawson (5-1 of this record) was b. in Maury Co., 
Tenn., Dec, 1841. He entered the state University of Miss., 
at 14, and after a year spent there, went to the Jesuit College 
at Georgetown, D. C, where he also remained a year. In 
Sept., 1859, ^^ entered the Junior class at Princeton, N. J., 
where he was graduated in June, 1 86 1, but left to join the Con- 
federate army before his diploma was awarded. He entered 
what was called the Army of Tennessee as a private, and gradu- 
ally rose in position to a captaincy, and, though in many battles, 
passed unhurt through the war, until near its close. In August, 
1864, while sitting in the trenches near Atlanta, he was struck 
by a fragment of shell, and received injuries which were supposed 
to be mortal, the lower part of his face being torn away, and 
the chin and chest bones fractured. He, however, recovered 
sufficiently to return to Miss., in 1865, and for a time he edited 
a county newspaper, until elected clerk of the Circuit court. 
After serving one term in this office, he was reelected without 
an opposing vote. He was afterwards displaced, to make room 
for an appointee of the military authority, and became associated 
with Oliver S. Luckett, Esq., in the practice of law. Failing 
health, however, constrained a cessation of all labor, and after 
an unavailing visit to the medicinal springs of northern Alabama 
he returned to Canton, where he d. in Oct., 1872, utim. He 
was talented and highly accomplished, brave, modest and refined 
in character. He d. in the faith of the Protestant Episcopal 
church, to which he belonged.' 

William Leon Dawson (5-2 of this record), b. at Tuscum- 
bia, Ala., Oct., 1842, entered the Jesuit College at Georgetown, 
D. C, in 1858, and in i860 removed to Princeton, to re- 

' " He was truly a gallant soldier, and bore his honors with the modesty of a 
maiden. Always present where danger led, in the front rank he received the fatal 
shell which so mangled and disfigured him. I saw him daily in his sufferings, and 
no one can truly appreciate John Dawson that did not see him then. To be brave 
in the fight was his nature ; but stricken down, mangled, disfigured, his future and 
bright hopes gone, to witness in his sufferings his patience, gentleness and filial affec- 
tion to his dear and devoted mother, was to see John Dawson in his greatness of 
heart and loving nature. The honors of the battle field he wore meekly, the suffer- 
ings of wounds he bore patiently. Of more than ordinary culture, he delighted in 
the classics, and amidst the beauties of poesy his nature revelled. He was gentle but 
firm, and I believe that no circumstances could be arranged, however difficult or 
trying, but what John Dawson would be the gentleman. As a son he was loving, 
kind and tenderly affectionate 5 as a soldier he was the bravest among the brave." — 
Memorial Addrm, by Major B. J. Semmes, delivered on the occasion of decorating 
the graves of the Confederate dead at Canton, April 26, 1S73. 

The Dawson Family. 341 

ceive private lessons and be near his brother, then a student at 
the University. After the commencement of the civil war he 
returned to Miss., and after the passage of the Confederate con- 
script law, compelling all youths of his age to enlist in the army, 
he chose the cavalry service, and during the siege of Vicksburg 
acted as the private secretary of Gen. Pemberton, for whom he 
entertained great affection. After the surrender of that city, 
and his exchange, he was attached to the Brigade of Gen. Wirt 
Adams. In consequence of exposure during the war he con- 
tracted rheumatism, from which, after a lingering illness, he d. 
in Yazoo Co., Miss., in June, 1871, unm. 


Of Onslow County, N. C. 

From Mr. Robert W. Dawson, of Onslow C. H., N. C, 1873, tke folh-whg : 

1. Robert Dawson, an English emigrant, lived on New 
river, at a place called Town Point, in Onslow county. He 
had a bro. Zephaniah who went back to England. Also a son : 
2-1. Robert, b. abt. 1767, d. in Onslow county, Oct. 25, 1827 ; m. 

2-1. Robert Dawson, b. abt. 1767, d. in Onslow county, 
N. C, Oct. 25, 1827, aged abt. 60, m. Sabra Kiff^ who d. 
abt. 1 85 1, at a very advanced age. They had eight children : 

3-1. John, b. March 22, 1793, d. in Onslow Co. ; m. 

3-2. Ann, m. Washington N. Carr ; d. without issue. 

3—3. Lucretia, m. Abraham Koonce ; d. without issue. 

3-4. Robert, d. in Onslow Co., 184.9 i '"■ 

3-5. Mary, d. 

3—6. Briton, res. Onslow county ; m. 

3-7. Hosea, d. aged abt. 35 ; unm. 

3-8. William, d. 

3-1. John Dawson, b. March 22, 1793 (son of Robert, 
2-1), d. in Onslow Co., m. ist, Nancy Webb. They had three 
children : 

4-1. Elizabeth, b. April 25, 1818, d. 
4-2. Hannah, b. Feb. 18, 1821, res. Onslow Co. 
4-3. James, b. Feb. 8, 1823, d. 

He m, 2d, Hannah , who had four children ; 

4-4. William R., b. Feb. 5, 1827. 
4-5. Amos, b. Oct. 9, 183D. 
4-6. Nancy, b. Dec. 12, 1834. 
4-7. Julia, b. Oct. 13, 1840. 

He m. 3d, Nancy Pettaway. They had five children : 
4-8. Louisa. 

4-9. Mary A., b. Jan. zo, 1852. 
4-10. Ruthy E., b. Aug. 23, 1854. 
4-1 I. Penny, b. Feb. 24, 1857. 
4-12. Micajah, b. Sept. 1, i860. 

The Dawson Family. 343 

3-4. Robert Dawson (son of Robert, 2-1), d. in Onslow 
county, N. C, Sept., 1849, ^ged abt. 52. He m. 1821, 
Rebecca Wilder^ who d. Oct., 1853, aged 53. They had nine 
children : 

4-13. Sarah Ann, b. Feb. 4, 1822, res. Wilmington, N. C. 
4-14. Hester, b. April 5, 1824, res. Knoxville, Tenn. 
4-15. Lucretia, b. Aug. 1, 1827, res. Wilmington, N. C. 
4-16. Robert W., b. Dec. 18, 1829, res. Onslow C. H., N. C. ; m. 
4-17. Rebecca, b. Feb. II, 1821, res. Onslow C. H. 
4-18. Mary S., b. June 28, 1834, res. Onslow C. H. 
4-19. John W., b. Aug. 28, 1836, res. Onslow C. H. ; m. 
4-20. Catharine, b. May 8, 1839, res. Wilmington, N. C. 
4-ZI. Caroline M., b. Jan. 28, 1845, res. Onslow C. H. 

3-6. Briton Dawson (son of Robert, 2-1), res. at Onslow 
C. H., N. C, m. Martha Bryant, formerly Martha Williams. 
They had five children: 
4-22. Leonard. 
4-23. Sarah. 
4-24. Martha. 
4-25. James. 
4-26. Robert. 

4-lC Robert W. Dawson (son of Robert, 3-4), b. Dec. 
18, 1829, res. 1873, 3' Onslow C. H., N. C. He m. ist. 
May 17, 1854, Margaret Jane Shivan, who d. March 9, 1865. 
They had five children : 
5-1. Sarah E., b. June 18, 1855. 
5-2. Margaret M., b. March I, 1857. 
5-3. Rebecca R., b. March 11, 1859. 
5-4. Alice A., b. Nov. 25, 1861. 
5-5. Adah Jane, b. Nov. 5, 1864. 

He m. 2d, Feb. 25, 1866, Susannah Wooten. They have 
had four children : 
5-6. Naomi Caroline, b. Jan. 14, 1867. 
5-7. James B., b. Oct 17, 1868. 
5-8. John Robert, b. Oct. 5, 1870. 
5-9. Lucretia, b. Dec. 12, 1872. 

4-19. John W. Dawson (son of Robert, 3-4), b. Aug. 28, 
1836, m. Hester A. Shivan^ sister to first w. of Robert W. 
Dawson (4-16). They res. at Onslow C. H., N. C. One 
child : 
5-10. Laura, b. Nov. 20, 1872. 

344 The Dawson Family. 

Mr. James T. Dawson, a planter, residing at Enfield, Halifax 
Co., N. C, stated (1870) that his father, James Dawson, was 
b. in that county in 1792, and was son of John Dawson, said 
to have emigrated from England in 1769. The latter is reputed 
to have had brothers in this country, but the history of them and 
their descendants, if any, is not known. 

Mr. John Dawson, merchant, and Mr. James Dawson, 
banker, wealthy and influential citizens of Wilmington, N. C, 
are brothers, b. near Castle Dawson, county Derry, Ireland, the 
former about 1802, the latter about 18 17. 

Mr. John Dawson emigrated to this country about 18 18, and 
some five years later settled in Wilmington. He was for several 
years mayor of that city. He has been twice m. His children, 
issue of the first marriage, were a son, Richard, who d. young,- 
and a dau., Mrs. Hall, also now deceased, leaving children. 

Mr. James Dawson emigrated to Wilmington about 1838, 
entering the service of his brother as a clerk. He has been for 
many years engaged in banking, and is the founder and president 
of The Dawson Bank, of Wilmington, an institution char- 
tered by the state. He has several children. 

George Dawson, an Englishman, father of the late senator, 
Wm. C. Dawson, of Georgia, lived for a short time in this state 
and m. here widow Ruth Skidmore. See Georgia records. 


The oldest family of Dawsons in South Carolina appears to 
have been that of John Dawson, a native of Rowell, West- 
moreland, England. A portion of the information which fol- 
lows in regard to him and his descendants, was communicated in 
1854-55, by his then only surviving son Charles Postell Dawson, 
Esq., of Charleston ; by Arnoldus V. Dawson, Esq., of Charles- 
ton, a grandson ; and by N. H. R. Dawson, Esq., then of 
Cahaba, now of Selma, Alabama, a great-grandson of the founder 
of the family in Charleston. For more recent information 
(1871-73) the compiler is indebted to Mrs. Caroline H. Dawson, 
of Aiken, S. C, to N. H. R. Dawson, Esq., above named, and 
to others, whose kindness is hereby gratefully acknowledged. 


Of Charleston, 1759-1812. 

This family has been and is distinguished at the South for its 
wealth and culture, numbering among its members and con- 
nected by intermarriage with many of the leading merchants, 
planters and professional men of the country, and retaining much 
of the old-time spirit which esteems with just pride the memory 
of a virtuous and honorable ancestry. Its founder, 

1. John Dawson, b. April 14, 1735 (N. S.), emigrated to the 
colony of South Carolina previous to 1759, and settled in 
Charleston, where he was an enterprising and successful mer- 
chant. ' He was also the proprietor of extensive plantations. 
He was a member of the South Carolina convention of May, 

' ** I have seen in one of his old letter books, in tile possession of" a rtilative, copies 
of letters to his correspondents in London, during the war, and among them an ac- 
count of the battle of Fort Moultrie." — N. 11. R. D. 

346 The Dawson Family. 

1788, which adopted the Federal constitution of the United 
States.' He m. in South Carolina, Oct. 9, 1760, 'Joanna 
Broughton Monck, dau. of Col. Thomas Monck, and gr. dau. of 
Col. Thomas Broughton, of South Carolina.^ She was b. at Mil- 
ton plantation, in the parish of St. John, Berkeley, S. C, Oct. 
7, 1743 (N. S.). They lived together fifty-two years, and d. 
in Charleston, he on the 7th May, 181 2, and she July 5, 1859. 
He left a large estate. They had eleven children, as follows : 

2-1. Mabel, b^ at Dorcliester, S. C, Aug. 5, 1761, d. June 14, 1762. 

2-2. Joanna Monck, b. in Charleston, Oct. 29, 1762, m. Col. John 

Glaze, March 8, 1781, d. at " The Ponds," S. C, July 19, 1781. 

2-3. John, b. in Charleston, July 8, 1765, d. in Charleston, June 3, 

1823 ; m 
2-4. Mary, b. in Charleston, March 25, 1768, d. in Charleston. 


2-5. Thomas, b. in Charleston, March 23, 1771, d. in Charleston \ unm. 
2-6. Elizabeth, b. in Charleston, Sept. 18, 1772, d. in Charleston ; unm. 
2-7. Anna, b. in Charleston, April 21;, 1774, d. in Pendleton, S. C, 

June 3, 1843. Hall. 
2-8. William, b. in Charleston, Jan. 1, 1777, d. in Charleston, March 

27, 1822 ; m. 
2-9. Martha, b. in Charleston, Dec. 24, 1778, d. Aug. 25, 1783. 
2-10. Lawrence Monck, b. in Charleston, Dec. 29, 1783, d. atPineville, 

S. C, Oct. 3, 1823 ; m. 
2-11. Charles Postell, b. in Charleston, Nov. 7, 1785, d. in Charleston, 

about 1864; m. 

2-3. John Dawson, b. in Charleston, July 8, 1765, be- 
came a large merchant, and filled several public offices in his 
native city with honor. He was elected intendant of Charles- 
ton for three years successively, filling the office from Sept., 1806, 
until Sept., iSog. He was also one of the trustees of the 
Orphan Asylum, and was called, from his benevolence to the 
poor, "the Howard of Charleston," In 181 1 he became 
cashier of the Bank of Charleston, which position he held until 

■ His sons-in-law, Col. John Glaze and William Postell, were delegates to the same 
convention, and all were delegates from St. George's parish, Dorchester. — See Elliot's 
Debates, South Carolina, vote on the adoption of the constitution. One Thomas Dawson 
was one of 210 persons, styling themselves " principal inhabitants" of Charleston, 
who, soon after the fall of that city, in 1780, signed an address to Sir Henry Clinton, 
praying to be re-admitted to the character and condition of British subjects. Was he 
related to John Dawson, above named .' — See Sabine's Loyaliit!, pp. 80, 243. 

= A somewhat extended genealogical chart of the Monck family, originally 
LeMoyne, is in possession of the compiler, the contribution of Mr. C. P. D., who 
also furnished a similar chart of the Dawsons claiming descent from the Norman 
D'Ossone, and showing another early intermarriage with the Monck family. 

The Dawson Faf?iily. 347 

his death, June 3, 1823.' He m. Mary Huger, who was of 

Huguenot descent, a daughter of Col. John Huger,'' of Charles- 
ton, where she d. Nov. 11, 1823. They had twelve children, 

as follows : 

3-1. Charlotte Motle, b. in Charleston, Nov. 13, 1789, d. in Charles- 
ton, Jan. 29, 1856 ; unm. 

3-2. Joanna Moncli, b. at Field Wateree, S. C, Nov. 18, 1790, d. in 
Charleston, Sept. 15, 1794. 

3-3. Emma Monck, b. in Charleston, July n, 1795, d. in Charleston, 
Dec. 6, 1863 ; unm. 

3-4. Mary Anne, b. in Charleston, Nov. I, 1796, d. in Charleston, 
June 28, i860 ; unm. 

3-5. John Huger, b. in Charleston, Dec. 9, 1798, res. 1873, near 
Brenham, Washington Co., Texas ; m. 

3-6. Lawrence Edwin, b. in Charleston, Dec. 9, 1799, d. at Carlow- 
ville, Ala., Feb. 8, 1848 ; m. 

3-7. Joanna Septima, b. in Charleston, May 15, i8oi, d. in Charles- 
ton, June 21, 1837 ; unm. 

3-8. Octavius Huger, b. in Charleston, Oct. 2, 1802, d. in Aiken, S. 
C, July 2, 1856 ; m. 

3-9. Anna Cecelia, b. in Charleston, Oct. 21, 1803, res. 1873, in 
Charleston ; unm. 

3-10. Adelaide Decima, b. in Charleston, Feb. 1 1, 1805, d. in Charles- 
ton, Oct. 2, 1823 ; unm. 

3-1 1. Jacob Drayton, b. in Charleston, Dec. 31, 1806, d. in Charles- 
ton, Dec. 17, 1839 ; m. 

3-12. William Henry, b. in Charleston, March 27, 1808, d, in Charles- 
ton, March 7, 1857 ; m. 

2-4. Mary Dawson., b. in Charleston, March 25, 1768, d. 
in same city, tn. Jan. 21, 1786, William Postell, who d. in 
Charleston, Aug. 21, 1822. They had one child: 
3-13. Joanna, b. in Charleston, d. in Charleston. Ingraham. 

2-7. .^nna Dawson, b. in Charleston, April 25, 1774, d. at 
Pendleton, S. C, Jan. 3, 1843, m. Feb. 27, 1806, Dr. George 
Hall, who d. at Pendleton, Jan. 9, 1829. They had four 
children, all b. in Charleston : 

■ It is said that when a boy of fit'teen he ran away from his father, and joined the 
Continental army, under Gen. Greene, shortly before the battle of Eutaw Springs, in 
which he took part. His father wrote to Gen. Greene, who sought him out, and 
caused him to be sent home.— N. H. R. D. 

^ He was a man of large wealth, and filled many positions of honor in society. 
He was one of the members of the Council of Safety for the Province of South 
Carolina (composed of twelve of the most prominent gentlemen of the province) 
nominated and appointed by the Provincial Congress in 1775. — See Jfournai of Council 
of Safely, Collrciiom of Historical Society of South Carolina, vol. z. 

348 T^he Dawson Family. 

3-14. [Hall.] George Ann, b. May 26, 1807. Burt. 

3-15. John Dawson, b. Aug. 3, 1806, d. ; m. 

3-16. Joanna Louise, b. Sept. 14, 1811, res. 1873, Greenville, S. C. 


3-17. George Abbott, b. Oct. 28, 1813, d. at Cherry Hill plantation, 
S. C, May 25, 1814. 

2-8. William Dawson, b. in Charleston, Jan. i, 1777, d. 
in Charleston, March 27, 1822, m. Dec. 29, 1802, Caroline 
Prioleau, of Charleston, who d. in that city, 1872.' They had 
five children, all b. in Charleston : 

3-18. Joanna, b. July 28, 1804, res. 1873, Charleston. Gaillard. 
3-19. William Alfred, b. July 15, 1806, res. 1873, at Spring Hill, near 

Mobile, Ala. ; m. 
3-20. Samuel Prioleau, b. Sept. 30, 1808, d. in Charleston, 1855; """'■ 
3-21. Catharine Cordes, b. May 4, i8n, d. at Sullivan's Island, near 

Charleston, Aug 1832. Ball. 
3-22. John Cordes, b. Oct. 6, 1813, res. 1873, at Spring Hill, near 

Mobile, Ala. ; m. 

2-10. Lawrence Monck Dawson, b. in Charleston, Dec. 
29, 1783, d. at Pineville, S. C, Oct. 3, 1823, m. April i, 1812, 
Jane Vanderhorst^ of that city, where she d. Dec. 5, 1823. 
They had five children : 

3-23. Harriet Honey, b. in Charleston, Sept., 1813 Ancrum. 
3-24. John Lawrence, b. at Milton plantation, March 28, 1815, res. 

1873, Charleston ; m. 
3-25. Lawrence Monck, b. in Charleston, 1816, d. Oct., 1820 
3-26. Arnoldus Vanderhorst, b. in Charleston, Sept. 11, 1818, d. in 

Charleston, Feb. 26, 1871 ; m. 
3-27. Theodore Dehon, b. in Charleston, 1820 ; was a student at South 

Carolina College, 18367 ; became a physician, and d. in New 

Orleans, about 1842 ; unm. 

2-11. Charles Postell Dawson, b. in Charleston, Nov. 
7, 1785, d. in Charleston about 1864, m. Dec. i, 181 2, Harriet 
Osborne, who d. in Charleston, Dec. 10, 1824. He was a 

' " The richest and most populous Huguenot settlement in South Carolina was 
that of Charleston. Here Elias Prioleau became the first pastor, a descendant of 
Antoine Prioli, the Doge of Venice in 1618." — Disosway's Huguenots in America, 
appended to Smiles' Huguenots, p. 436. Other Huguenot names will be noticed in 
this record, as Huger, Gaillard, Cordes, Ravenel, etc. Rev. Elias Prioleau, the 
founder of the distinguished family of that name in South Carolina, emigrated to the 
province in 1685, soon after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, and brought with 
him a considerable part of his Protestant congregation. " He was grandson of Anthoine 
Prioli, who was elected Doge of Venice in 16:8." — Ramsay's History of South Carolina, 

The Dawson Family. 349 

lawyer, of good abilities ; admitted to the bar of South Carolina 
in 1807. They had six children : 

3-28. Thomas Osborne, b. Nov. 9, 1813, res. 1873, in Charleston; m. 

3-29. Charles Postell, b. Sept. 10, 1815, d. Dec. 6, 1818. 

3-30. Harriet Ann, b. May 10, 1817, d. Dec. 15, 1818. 

3-31. John Edward, b. May z8, l8l8, physician, res. 1873, Mt. 

Pleasant, near Charleston. 
3-32. Catharine Joanna, b July 4, 1820, res. 1873, Charleston, w. of 

Dr. John L. Dawson (3-24). 
3-33. Elizabeth Harriet, b. Feb. 8, 1823. 

3-5. John Huger Dawson, formerly a prominent merchant 
in Charleston, afterwards a planter at St. John's parish, Berkeley, 
which parish he represented a number of years in the senate of 
South Carolina, was b. in Charleston, Dec. 9, 1798, where he 
m. 1st, Feb. 26, 1824, Frances Lavinia Ford, who d. without 
issue, March 27, 1829, fourth dau. of Jacob Ford, Esq., of 
Charleston. He m. 2d, April 7, 1830, Ann Cornelia Ford,who 
also d. without issue, Jan. 10, 1831, second dau. of Jacob Ford, 
Esq. In 1843, Mr. Dawson removed to Texas, and now res. 
(1873) near Brenham, Washington county, in that state. He 
m. there, 3d, Feb. 11, 1852, Mrs. Mary Ann Armstrong, widow, 
dau. of the late Mr. William Mann. She was b. in Montgomery 
county, Tenn., Sept. 19, 1826, and d. in Washington county, 
Texas, Oct. 3, 1865. They had two children : 
4-1. Mary Huger, b. Nov. 16, 1853, d. Sept. 21, 18^7. 
4-2. Mabel, b. Dec. 5, 1861, res. 1873, with her father, near Brenham. 

3-6. Lawrence Edwin Dawson, b. in Charleston, Dec. 
9, 1799, d. at Carlowville, Dallas county, Ala., Feb. 8, 1848, 
in his 49th year. He m. 1826, Mary JFiHinson Rhodes, of 
Beaufort, S. C, eldest dau. of Dr. Nathaniel H. Rhodes, and 
gr. dau. of Paul Hamilton, governor of South Carolina, and 
secretary of the U. S. navy, under President Madison. He 
studied law with his relative, Col. William Drayton, of 
Charleston, and was admitted to the bar, Jan. 12, 1821. He 
was a graduate of Judge Gould's Law School, of Litchfield, 
Conn. He practiced in Charleston until 1829, when he re- 
moved to Beaufort District, near Coosawhatchie, and practiced 
there until he was forced from ill health to abandon a very 
heavy and lucrative professional business in the year 1834. He 

350 The Dawson Family. 

then removed to the parish of St John's, Berkeley, where he occu- 
pied himself in planting and in literary pursuits, until 1842, when 
he emigrated to the state of Alabama, and settled near Carlow ville, 
in the county of Dallas. He resumed the law in Alabama, and 
at the time of his death was getting into a large and very liti- 
gated practice. He was several times a member of the South 
Carolina legislature, but, preferring the profession in which he 
had been reared, and the ease and happiness of domestic life, he 
declined the nomination of his party for Congress in that state, 
in the year 1833-34, and was thereafter little in political life. 
He was a states' rights man, and in the exciting contests which 
resulted in nullification, gave the weight of his influence and 
talents to what he conscientiously believed to be the true doc- 
trine of the constitution.' 

He was a communicant of the Episcopal church, from his 
17th year, and died as he had lived, a devoted member of that 
communion. His w. was b. in South Carolina, Jan. 8, 1808, 
and d. at Carlowville, Ala., June 6, 1851. They had six 
children : 

4-3. John, b. in Charleston, 1828, d. 1829. 
4-4. Nathaniel Henry Rhodes, b. in Charleston, Feb. 14, 1829, res. 

1873, Selma, Ala. ; m. 
4-5. Mary Huger, b. in Charleston, Feb. 17, 1830, res. 1873, near 

Fayetteville, Ala. Lide. 
4-6. Lawrence Edwin, b. in Beaufort District, S. C, June 20, 1831, 

res. 1873, near Camden, Ark. ; m. 
4-7. John Rhodes, b. at Spring Grove plantation, St John's, Bericejey, 

1836, d. 1837. 
4-8. Reginald Heber, b. at Spring Grove, March 19, 1838, res. 1873, 

at Camden, Ala. ; m. 

■ " He was gifted with a fine manly person. He was tall and well formed, and 
possessed of features exceedingly striking and attractive. His manners were at once 
so graceful, and his general appearance so dignified, that no one could see him with- 
out feeling that he was in the presence of a finished gentleman, in the true sense of 
the term. When he first appeared before the Supreme Court of Alabama, the Bench 
and Bar were struck forcibly by his person and address, and the remark was general : 
* There stands a perfect model of the hightoned, elevated, and accomplished advocate 
of South Carolina, upon whom seems to have fallen the mantle of Hale and Mans- 
field. ' The language of Mr. Dawson at the Bar was energetic and lofty, his voice 
sonorous and manly, his action appropriate and full of authority. He had the rare 
gift of combining eloquence of diction and a flow of melodious and well considered 
periods, the ornaments ofspeech,with convincing, clear and perspicuous reasoning." — 
From an extended notice of Mr. Dawson in O'Neal's Bench and Bar of South Carolina, 
contributed to that work by the Hon. Benj. F. Porter. (II. 518). 

The Dawson Faniily. 351 

3-8. OcTAVius HuGER Dawson was b. in Charleston, 
Oct. 2, 1802. He entered his father's counting room while a 
mere lad, intending in time to become a partner, but his father 
dying while he was yet too young to conduct the business, he 
sought other occupation, and became connected with the State 
Bank of Charleston, as discounting clerk. He held this office 
lintil 1846, when, his health failing, he was induced to remove 
to Aiken, in the neighborhood of which place he purchased a 
farm, where he was gradually restored to health, and where he 
remained until his death, July 2, 1856. He was a man of the 
strictest integrity in all the relations of life. He m. Caroline H. 
Deas, dau. of Thomas H. Deas, Esq., of Charleston, where 
she now resides (1873). They had seven children: 
4-9. Caroline Deas, b in Charleston, Sept. 14, 1831, res. 1873, 

Charleston ; urim. 
4-10. Mary Huger, b. in Charleston, Sept. 16, 1832, res. 1873, Aiken, 

S. C. Ravenel. 
4-11. John Huger, b. Aug. 27, 1834, res. 1873, Charleston ; m. 
4-12. Thomas Deas, b. June 11, 1837, d. July 11, 1838. 
4-13. Emma, b. in Charleston, 1841, res. 1873, Charleston. Hall. 
4-14. Margaret, b. in Charleston, Feb., 1844, res. 1873, Barnwell C. H., 

S. C. Williams. 
4-15. Harriet, b. in Aiken, S. C, Sept, 1848, res. 1873, Charleston. 


3-11. Jacob Drayton Dawson, b. in Charleston, Dec. 
31, 1806, d. in Charleston, Dec. 17, 1839, m. Jan. 7, 1834, 

Cecelia J. , who also d. in Charleston, Dec, 1839. He 

was a lawyer, admitted to the bar of South Carolina, 1828. 

They had three children, all born in Charleston : 

4-16 Mary Fraser, b. April 23, 1835, m. and d. without issue. 

4-17. Joanna Adelaide, b. Feb., 1838, d. June, 1838. 

4-18. Emma Monck, b. July 31, 1839, m. and d. without issue. 

3-12. William. Henry Dawson, b. in Charleston, March 
27, 1808, d. in Charleston, March 7, 1857, •"• March 12, 1829, 
Margaret Ann Stocky of Charleston, where she now resides 
(1873). They had ten children: 

4-19. William Henry, b. Dec. 28, 1829, res. 1873, Charleston ; m. 
4-20. Margaret Ann, b. July 19, 1831. 
4-21. .Anne ."^licc, b. July 20, 1833, d. Aug. 6, 1835. 
4-22. John Stock, b. March 4, 1835, d. Aug. 10, 1835. 
4-23. .Alfred Huger, b. July 4, 1836, d. young. 

352 The Dawson Family. 

4-24. Elizabeth, d. young. 

4-25. Charlotte. 

4-26. Rebeeca, d. infant. 

4-27. Rebecca L. 

4-28. Thomas Corbett, d. young. 

3-13. 'Joanna Postell., b. and d. in Charleston, m. Henry 
Ingraham, d. They had three children : 

4-29. William Postell, b. July 28, 1809. 

4-30. Mary, b. in Charleston, m. George Robinson, d. without issue. 

4-31. John Henry, b. in Charleston, d. 1849. 

3-14. George Ann Hall., b. in Charleston, May 26, 1807, 
res. 1873, Marietta, Ga., m. April 26, 1831, Hon. Francis 
Burt, a lawyer of distinction, of Pendleton, S. C. He was 
admitted to the bar of South Carolina, 1828, held the office of 
third auditor in Washington, for several years, and was appointed 
by President Pierce, governor of Nebraska. He d. in Oct., 
1854, soon after assuming the office. They had eight children : 
4-32. Francis St. Julian, b. at Pendleton, March 17, 1832, d. ; unm. 
4-33. George Ann Catharine, b. at Pendleton, Oct. 2, 1833, res. 1873, 

Charleston, S. C, w. of Wm. H. Dawson (4-19). 
4-34. Harriet, b. Jan. 13, 1836, m. D. L. Young, res. Marietta, Ga. 
4-35. Joanna, res. Marietta. 
4-36. Kate, res. Marietta. 
4-37. Armistead, res. Marietta. 
4-38. Frank, res. Marietta. 
4-39. Mary, m. William E. Johnstone, res. Charleston, S. C. 

3-15. John Dawson Hall, b. in Charleston, Aug. 3, 

1809, d. , a skillful physician, educated at the medical 

schools of Paris, m. ist, March 21, 1837, Septima Thayer., who 
d. near Benton, Ala., 1841. He m. 2d, Miss Bryan^ oi il. 
John's, Berkeley, S. C, d. 

3-16. Joanna Louise Hall., b. in Charleston, Sept. 14, 181 1, 
d. in Greenville, S. C, June 19, 1856, m. in Pickens, S. C, 
Jan. 23, 1834, Major Samuel A. Townes, a lawyer of dis- 
tinction, b. in Greenville, Dec. 23, 1806, d. in Edgefield Co., 
S. C, June 20, 1873.' 

Major Townes was educated at the academies of Pendleton 

' Second son of Samuel A., and Rachel Townes. Samuel A. Townes sen., was 

one of the first settlers of Edgefield county. 

The Dawson Family. 353 

and Greenville, S. C, and at the Virginia University. After 
leaving the university he read law, was admitted to the bar of 
S. C, and commenced practice at Abbeville. While at Abbe- 
ville he edited a newspaper devoted to the cause of nullification, 
which exercised a controlling influence on the politics of that 
county. He removed to Perry county, Ala., where he practiced 
law and edited a newspaper, and after residing there some years 
returned to his native state, and was elected by the Legislature, 
Commissioner in Equity for the Greenville district. This office 
he filled for several years, and he also edited for some years the 
Greenville Mountaineer. While in Alabama he became the 
author of a biographical history of the prominent men of Perry 
county, and he essayed a similar work relating to the distinguished 
men of South Carolina, but never completed it. He was 
generous, cordial, of great wit and humor, had fine literary tastes, 
and was a writer of marked force and ability. They had seven 
children : 

4-40. Byron, b. in Marion, Ala., Jan. 11, 1836, d. in Marion, Sept. 

26, 1836. 
4-41. Fanny Joanna, b. in Marion, April 4, 1838, d. in Edgefield, S. 

C, Dec. 21, 1868. BULLER. 

4-42. Samuel A., b. in Marion, May 27, 1840, res. 1873, Greenville, 

S. C. ; m. 
4-43. George Anna, b. in Marion, Oct. 30, 1842, res. 1873, Edgefield 

Co., S. C. Harris. 
4-44. Henry Howard, b. in Marion, Aug. 15, 1845, res. Edgefield Co., 

S. C. ; m. 
4-45. George Franklin, b. in Greenville, S. C, Feb. 11, 1849, res. 

Edgefield, S. C. ; unm. 
4-46. John Allen, b. in Greenville, Dec. 18, 1850, d. in Texas, Dec. 

26, 1869. 

3-18. Joanna Dawson, b. in Charleston, July 28, 1804, res. 
1873, Charleston, m. Sept. 29, 1824, Augustus T. Gaillard, 
who d. in New York, Sept. 19, 1837. They had six children, 
all b. in Charleston : 

4-47. Joanna Caroline, b. Dec, 1825, d. Oct. 3, 1848 ; unm. 
4-48. Ellen Martha, b. Dec, 1828, d. at Aiken, S. C, 1862. Cannon. 
4-49. .Augusta Catharine. 

4-50. Theodore, m. William Gourdin Young, of Charleston. 
4-51. Augustus Theodore. 

4-52. William Dawson, m. Elizabeth Moultrie Lee, of Charleston. 

354 'T^he Dawson Family. 

3-19. William Alfred Dawson, b. in Charleston, July 
15, 1806, res. 1873, at Spring Hill, near Mobile, Ala. ; m. in 
Scotland, Jane Ogilvie, who was b. in Scotland, Aug. i, 1820, 
and d. at Spring Hill, May 12, 1859. Mr. D. has retired from 
business, after a very successful mercantile career, during which 
he resided much abroad. Eight children : 
4-53. William Ogilvie, b. at Spring Hill, July 24, 1843, res. 1873, 

Mobile, Ala. ; unm. 
4-54. John Abercrombie, b. at Mobile, March 14, 1845, res. Mobile ;ot. 
4-55. Catharine Cordes, b. at Spring Hill, Sept. 27, 1846, m. 1872 

Wilkinson ; res. Mobile. 
4-56. Helen Ogilvie, b. at Spring Hill, Aug. 21, 1848. 
4-57. Samuel Prioleau, b. in Charleston, April i, 1850. 
4-58. Charles Posiell, b. at Spring Hill, Sept. 18, 1852. 
4-59. Philip Gendron, b. at Spring Hill, 1853. 
4-60. Isabella Maclean, b. at Spring Hill, April 13, 1855. 

3-21. Catharine Cordes Dawson, b. in Charleston, May 4, 
181 1, d. on Sullivan's Island, near Charleston, Aug., 1832, m. 
Nov. 26, 1829, Dr. Elias Ball, a prominent physician of 
Charleston, who d. in that city, 1834. One child : 
4-61. Elizabeth Catharine Carolina, b. in Charleston, 1830. Shubrick. 

3-22. John Cordes Dawson, merchant, b. in Charleston, 
Oct. 6, 1813, res. 1873, ^' Spring Hill, near Mobile, Ala. He 
m. 1st, in Mobile, April 29, 1846, Rose Earle Harrison, who 
was b. in Pendleton, S. C, April 9, 1823, d. at Spring Hill, 
Dec. 7, 1857, ^^^- °f Thomas and Hannah Harrison. They 
had five children : 

4-62. Carolina Prioleau, b. in Mobile, Aug. 13, 1847. 
4-63. Rose Earle, b. at Spring Hill, Dec. 21, 1849. 
4-64. Samuel Ferguson, b. at Spring Hill, July 29, 185 I, d. Oct. 8, 1862. 
4-65. Cordes, b. at Spring Hill, Sept. 5, 1853. 
4-66. Hannah Harrison, b. at Spring Hill, Nov. 18, 1857. 

Mr. Dawson m. 2d, in Mobile, July 26, 1859, Louise Town- 
send Spencer, who was b. in Evansville, Ind., Feb. 10, 1831, 
dau. of John and Rhoda Spencer. They have two children : 
4-67. Jessie Cordes, b. at Spring Hill, June 11, 1862. 
4-68. Pauline Buell, b. at Spring Hill, Feb. 25, 1864. 

3-23. Harriet Honey Dawson, b. in Charleston, Sept., 1813, 
m. William Washington Ancrum, Esq., gr. son of Col. 



r/,r n 355- 

William Waslr . ffifer in the Revolutionary 

< .MAS Y. SiMON», lawyer, res. 
, .iiors of Charleston Courier. 

3 'J • • wSREVCE Dawson, b. at Milton pian- 

"• II, March 28, 1815, res. 1873, in 

.•nt physician of that city. He was city 

i! in 1852. He tn. ist, Nov. 3, 1836, 

. , iistcr of Col. Thomas Y. Simons, above named 

id, Catharine Joanna Dawson., b. July 4, 1820, dau. 

i. liailes Postell Dawson (2-1 1 of this record). Children; 

1-70. Jane, m. Pinkney. 

+-7 1 . Hester, m. Waring. 

4-72. John Lawrence. 
4-73. Eliza. 
4-74. Harriet. 

3-26. Arnoldus Vanderhorst Dawson, b. in Charleston 
Sept. II, 1818, d. in Charleston, Feb. 26, 1871, a lawyer, 
u'raduate of Yale College, 1837, admitted to the bar of South 

irolina in 184.0, m. Jan. 16, 1844, Esther B. Simons,who was b. 

' ^ ^0, 1819, and d. in Columbia, S. C, July 

Benjamin B. and Mdr'ia Vanderhorst 

i i \' children : 

4-75. Lawrence iViofkk. .1 A;ni 20, 1846, res. Acworth, Ga. ; m. 
.;-76. Louisa Blake, h. Dec. 18, 1848, rci. Charleston, S. C. 
4-77. Arnoldus Vanderhorst, b. June 9, 1850, res. Charleston 
4-78, John Bryan, b. July 1, 1852, d. July 22, 1862. 

3-28. Thomas Osborne Dawson, b. Nov. 9, :':■. ■ 
1873, in Charleston, m. March 10, 1839, Jane Elixabith 
holm., who d. abt. i860. They had : 
4-79. Charles. 

4-4. Nathaniel Henr> • : ..n^- 

ton, Feb. 14, 1829, was cii ^ College, 

Mobile, read law under hi- Cjeorge R. 

Evans, was admitted to the 1> - _..ii the practice 

of his profession in Cahaba, In 1855 he was 

nominated for the legislature, tni', .■,;iuuign he ran ahead of his 


^^ /?r^f<5L. 

The Dawson Family. 355 

William Washington, a distinguished officer in the Revolutionary 
service. Their eldest dau. : 

4-69. [Ancrum.] Annie S., m. Col. Thomas Y. Simons, lawyer, res. 
1873, Charleston, one of the editors of Charleston Courier. 

3-24. Dr. John Lawrence Dawson, b. at Milton plan- 
tation, near Charleston, March 28, 1815, res. 1873, in 
Charleston, is a prominent physician of that city. He was city 
register of Charleston in 1852. Hem. ist, Nov. 3,1836, 
Jane Simons, sister of Col. Thomas Y. Simons, above named 
(4-69). 2d, Catharine 'Joanna Dawson, b. July 4, 1820, dau. 
of Charles Postell Dawson (2-1 1 of this record"). Children : 

4-70. Jane, m. Pinkney. 

4-7 1 . Hester, m. Waring. 

4-72. John Lawrence. 
4-73. Eliza. 
4-74. Harriet. 

3-26. Arnoldus Vanderhorst Dawson, b. in Charleston 
Sept. II, 1818, d. in Charleston, Feb. 26, 187 1, a lawyer, 
graduate of Yale College, 1837, admitted to the bar of South 
Carolina in 1840, m. Jan. 16, 1844, Esther B. Sitnons, who was b. 
in Charleston, Jan. 20, 1819, and d. in Columbia, S. C, July 
7, 1856, dau. of Dr. Benjamin B. and Maria Vanderhorst 
Simons. They had four children : 

4-75. Lawrence Monck, b. April 20, 1846, res. Acworth, Ga. ; m. 
4-76. Louisa Blake, b. Dec. 18, 1848, res. Charleston, S. C. 
4-77. Arnoldus Vanderhorst, b. June 9, 1850, res. Charleston. 
4-78. John Bryan, b. July 1, 1852, d. July 22, 1862. 

3-28. Thomas Osborne Dawson, b. Nov. 9, 1813, res. 
1873, in Charleston, m. March 10, 1839, Jane Elizabeth Tren- 
holm, who d. abt. i860. They had : 

4-79. Charles. 

4-4. Nathaniel Henry Rhodes Dawson, b. in Charles- 
ton, P'eb. 14, 1829, was educated at St. Joseph's College, 
Mobile, read law under his father and the Hon. George R. 
Evans, was admitted to the bar in 1850, and began the practice 
of his profession in Cahaba, Ala., in 1851. In 1855 he was 
nominated for the legislature, but, although he ran ahead of his 

356 'The Dau-so?i Family. 

ticket, he was defeated, his party being at that time largely in a 
minority in the county. He was a delegate to the National 
Democratic Convention of i860, at Charleston and Baltimore, 
and the next year, after the outbreak of the civil war, he entered 
the service of his state, as captain of a volunteer company, the 
Selma cadets, forming part of the Fourth Alabama Infantry, 
whose fortunes and dangers he shared during twelve months in 
Virginia. In 1863 and 1864 he represented his county of 
Dallas in the state legislature. Towards the close of the war 
he commanded a battalion of mounted men which operated on 
the coast. Since 1858 he has resided in Selma, where he is 
now in the midst of an extensive practice, associated with Gen. E. 
W. Pettus, a distinguished oiBcer of the Confederate service, and 
one of the ablest lawyers of the state. Col. Dawson is also a large 
and successful planter. " He has an imposing personal appearance, 
polished and agreeable manners, and stainless moral character. 
He has talents of a substantial order, combined with a cultivated 
mind and varied information."' He has a strong hereditary, as 
well as personal attachment to the Episcopal church, and in its 
parish and diocesan councils has taken an active part. He has 
also served as a lay deputy from Alabama in two successive 
General Conventions. In the fall of 1872, he was a candidate 
for presidential elector on the democratic state ticket. He 
had not been consulted as to the choice of his name, but he 
accepted the nomination, and participated actively in the can- 
vass. His talents as a writer, and his ability, fluency and 
eloquence as a speaker, are well attested. In fortune, dignity, 
culture, the strength of his convictions and the courage and 
fidelity with which they are maintained, and his unfailing 
courtesy and politeness, he appears a truly representative man 
of the highest type of American character. He is yet in the 
prime of life, and though, out of aversion to that indescribable 
mixture of things called politics in Alabama, standing rather 
aloof from public life, seems peculiarly fitted for public trusts, 
and destined to a career of the highest honor and usefulness. 

The compiler is indebted to Col. Dawson for much assistance 
in the compilation of these records. He m. ist, Jan. 22, 1852, 

' Brewer's Alabama ; her Hhiory, Resources, War Records and Public Men, p. 223. 
See, also Garrett's Public Men of Alabama, p. 729. 

The 'Dawson Family. 357 

Ann Eli%a Mathews, dau. of Col. Joel Early Mathews ' and w. 
Elizabeth Woods Poage, of Dallas county. She d. at Cahaba, 
Oct. 7, 1854, leaving one child: 
5-1. Elizabeth Mathews, b. at Cahaba, 'Jan. 7, 1853. 

He m. 2d, June 17, 1857, Mary E. Tarver, dau. of Benja- 
min J. and Caroline M. Tarver, of Dallas county. She d. at 
Selma, May 8, i860, leaving one child: 
5-2. Mary Tarver, b. at Selma, Feb. 11, i860. 

He m. 3d, May 15, 1862, Elodie Breck Todd, b. April i, 
1840, dau. of Hon. Robert S. Todd, and w. Elizabeth S. 
Humphreys, of Lexington, Ky, They res. 1873, at Selma, 
and have had three children, all b. in that city : 
5-3. Alexander Todd, b. Jan. 9, 1863, d. Jan. 13, 1863. 
5-4. Nathaniel H. R., b. April 15, 1864. 
5-5. Lawrence Percy, b. Jan. 9, 1869. 

4-5. Mary Huger Dawson, b. in Charleston, Feb. 17, 1830, 
m. Jan. 30, 1850, Cornelius Mandeville Lide, planter." 
They res. 1873, near Fayetteville, Talladega county, Ala., and 
have had thirteen children, all b. in Carlowville, Ala., except the 
last below named : 

5-6. Mary Lawrence, b. March 8, I 85 I. 
5-7. Frances Jane, b. Sept. 1, 1852. 
5-8. Ann Rhodes, b. Sept. 6, 1853, d. Dec. 4, 1853. 
5-9. Cornelius M., b. Feb. 9, 1855. 
5-10. Lawrence E., b. April 25, 1856, d. Aug. 16, 1857. 
5-11. Ellen Smith, b. Nov. 20, 1857. 
5-12. Henry Dawson, b. March 24, 1859. 
5-13. Morton VVaring, b. Nov. 16, i860. 
5-14. Elizabeth Dawson, b. April 16, 1864. 
5-15. Reginald Dawson, b. March 28, 1866. 
5-16. Mary Dawson, b. Oct. 22, 1867. 
5-17. Florence Lee, b. April 30, 1869. 
5-18. Julia Edith, b. in Talladega county, Ala., April 9, 1871. 

4-6. Lawrence Edwin Dawson, b. in Beaufort District, 
S. C, June 20, 1831, planter, m. Jan. 1853, Caroline E. Lide, 
dau. of Eli H. Lide, Esq., of Dallas county, Ala. He was 

■ Grandson of Gen. Mathews, of the Virginia line, afterwards governor of Georgia. 

'For an account of the Lide family, see a history of the upper part of South Caro- 
lina, by R:. Rev. Alexander Gregg, Bishop of Texas, entitled History of the Old 

358 The Dawson Family. 

captain of a company in an Arkansas Regiment, Gen. Price's 

Division, Confederate service, during the war. They res. 

1873, "^^'' Camden, Ouachita county, Arkansas, and have had 

seven children, all b. in that county : 

5-lg. Nathaniel H. R., b. Nov. 15, 1853, d. Sept. 22, 1859. 

5-20. Mary Wilkinjon, b. March 23, 1858, d. Sept., 1859. 

5-21. Eli Lide, b. June 3, 1859. 

5-22. John Huger, b. Oct. 5, i860. 

5-23. Hannah M., b. Sept. 12, 1864. 

5-24. William Drayton, b. Jan. 31, 1868. 

5-25. Martha Blackwell, b. April 25, 1870. 

5-26. Edward Hamilton, b. May 6, 1873. 

4-8. Reginald Heber Dawson, b. at Spring Grove plan- 
tation, St. John's, Berkeley, S. C, March 19, 1838, was educated 
at the University of Alabama, and has been for many years a 
prominent lawyer of that state. He was lieutenant-colonel of 
the 13th Alabama Regiment in the Confederate service, and had 
special mention in General Orders for gallantry in the battle of 
Seven Pines, receiving also other marks of distinction. In i860 
and 1864 he was elected solicitor of the eleventh circuit of his 
state. He m. March 9, 1858, Georgia Anne Craig, dau. of 
Thomas L. and Alabama Rutherford Craig, of Cahaba.' They 
res. 1873, at Camden, Wilcox Co., Ala., and have had three 
children : 

5-27. Lawrence Edwin, b. at Cahaba, Feb. 28, 1859. 
5-28. Thomas Craig, b. at Cahaba, Dec. 15, l85l. 
5-29. Anne Matthews, b. at Camden, Oct. 11, 1863. 

4-10. Mary Huger Dawson, b. in Charleston, Sept. 16, 
1832, m. in Aiken, S. C, Aug. 1858, Henry W. Ravenel, 
who was b. in St. John's parish, Berkeley, S. C, May, 18 14, 
son of Dr. Henry and Catharine Stevens Ravenel.^ He is a dis- 

■ Col. Dawson was proposed for nomination as a candidate for Congress in 1871. 
A local paper thus spoke of him : " He is now in the very prime of life, possessing a 
high order of intellect. In debate he is witty, eloquent and logical. His private 
character does him honor wherever he is known, standing preeminent for integrity 
as well as ability. A lawyer by profession and practice, educated, refined and sociable, 
he is every way fitted to do the state service and honor." — Wilcax Vindicator, June 
7, 1872. 

» Dr. Henry Ravenel d. recently in Charleston. The Ravenel family are one of 
the oldest in the state, and of the Huguenot stock. Writing to the compiler, 1873, 
Mr. R. says : " I myself have had somewhat of the same antiquarian fondness for old 
family records, and have been able to fill out charts of the families of seven of my 
Huguenot ancestors, going back to the original immigrants, at the close of the seven- 
teenth century. 

The 'Dawson Family. 359 

tinguished botanist and scientific writer. He graduated at the 
South Carolina College, in Columbia, but studied no profession : 
devoted some eighteen years of his life, after leaving college, to 
cottoij planting, but, his health failing, he removed to Aiken, 
near which place he owns and conducts a fruit and vegetable 
farm, devoting his leisure to botanical studies. They res. 1873, 
at Aiken^ and have five daughters : 
5-30. [Ravenel.] Caroline Deas, b. July 4, 1859. 
5-31. Susan Stevens, b. July 20, 1861. 
15-32. Elizabeth Gaillard, b. July 4, 1864. 
5-33. Mary Huger, b. Jan. 4, 1867. 
5-34. Tiphaine, b. Feb. 17, 1870. 

4-11. "John Huger Dawson, b. in Charleston, Aug. 27, 1834, 
real estate agent and collector, m. Oct. 1858, Juliana Haz.lehurst. 
They res. 1873, '" Charleston, and have two daughters : 
5-35. Martha Hazlehurst, b. Oct. 1859. 
5-36. Susan Linning, b. Jan. 1864. 

4-13. Emma Dawson, b. in Charleston, 1841, m. in Aiken, 
Nov. 1870, Henry H. Hall, son of Henry Hall. They res. 
1873, in Charleston. One child : 

5-37. Henry Harrison, b. 1871. 

4-14. Margaret Dawson, b. in Charleston, Feb. 1844, m. 
in Aiken, Oct. 1866, B. T. Williams, b. 1844. They res. 
1873, Barnwell C. H., S. C. Two children: 
5-38. Caroline Hall. 
5-39. Benjamin Wyley. 

4-15. Harriet Dawson, b. in Aiken, S. C, Sept. 1848, m. 
in Aiken, Dec. 1870, Tudor T. Hall, bro. of Henry H. 
Hall (4-13). They res. 1873, in Charleston. 

4-19. William Henry Dawson, b. in Charleston, Dec. 
28, 1829, real estate agent and collector, m. Oct. 29, 1854, 
George jinn Catharine Burt, b. in Pendleton, S. C, Oct. 2, 
1833, dau. of Hon. Francis and George Ann Hall Burt (3-14 of 
this record). They res. 1873, in Charleston. Six children, all 
b. in that city : 

360 'The Dawson Family. 

5-40. Frances Burt, b. Nov. zg, 1855. 

5-41. Charles Postell, b. Jan. 4, 1858. 

5-42. William Henry, b. Aug. 30, 1859, d. Dec. 24, 1864. 

5-43. Ann Hall, b. March 22, 1862, d. Aug. 24, 1864. 

5-44. Joanna Martha, b. Jan. 15, 1864. 

5-45. John Lawrence, b. Aug. 3, 1866. 

4-41. Fanny Joanna Townes^ b. in Marion, Ala., April 4, 
1838, d. in Edgefield, S. C, Dec. 21, 1868, m. in Greenville, 

S. C, May 27, 1862, George Buller, who d. . They 

had three children : 

5-46. Fanny Townes, b. July 22, 1863, d. Aug. 3, 1864. 
5-47. Jane Tweedy, b. Sept. 9, 1865, d. Sept. 16, 1873. 
5-48. George, b. March 5, 1868, d. Aug. 14, 1868. 

4-42. Samuel A. Townes, b. in Marion, Ala., May 27, 
1840, m. in Greenville, S. C, Nov. 9, 1871, Mary Thompson. 
They res. in Greenville. One child : 
5-49. Mary, b. Jan. 14, 1873. 

4-43. George Anna Townes^ b. in Marion, Ala., Oct. 30, 
1842, m. in Greenville, S. C, June 5, 1861, Col. Willis G. 
Harris. They res. 1873, at Hamburg P. O., Edgefield Co., 
S. C, and have had three children : 

5-50. Irvine Townes, b. June 3, 1862, d. June i, 1863. 

5-51. Willis Glover, b. June 30, 1866. 

5-52. Irene, b. Dec. 21, 1872, d. June 12, 1873. 

4-44. Henry Howard Townes, b. in Marion, Ala., Aug. 
15, 1845, m. in Edgefield Co., S. C, Oct. 15, 1868, Sally V. 
Harris. They res. in Edgefield Co., and have had three children : 

5-53. Joanna Lois, b. Jan. 14, 1870, d. Oct. 15, 1872. 
5-54. Willis Glover, b. April 2, 1871. 
5-55. Henry Howard, b. Sept. 2, 1872. 

4-48. Ellen Martha Gaillard, b. in Charleston, S. C, Dec, 
1828, d. at Aiken, S. C, 1862, m. July, 1850, David Cannon, 
of Liverpool, England, who was lost at sea, Sept., 1858. They 
had one child : 
5-56. Joanna Carolina, b. in Charleston, July, 1851. 

The Dawson Family. 361 

4-54. John Abercrombie Dawson, b. in Mobile, Ala., 
March 14, 1845, m. Feb. 27, 1872, Florence Acre Tucker^ dau. 
of Dr. Joseph Tucker, of Mobile. They res. in Mobile. 

4-61. Elizabeth Catharine Carolina Ball, b. in Charleston, 
S. C, 1830, m. Jan. 9, 1850, Edmund T. Shubrick, of 
Charleston, who d. at Pendleton, S. C, i860. They had five 
children : 

5-57. Caroline Prioleau, b. in Charleston, 185 1. 
5-58. John Templer, b. in Charleston, 1853. 
5-59. Edmund Templer, b. in Charleston, 1854. 
5-60. Earnest, b. in Pendleton, 1856. 
5-61. Catharine Cordes, b. in Pendleton, 1858. 

4-75. Lawrence Monck Dawson, b. in Charleston, S. 
C, April 20, 1846, m. Dec. 31, 1868, Mrs. Eliza A. Walraven. 
They res. 1873, Acworth, Ga. Two children : 
5-62. John. 
5-63. William Ancrum. 


Of Pendleton, S. C, 1872-3. 

1. Isaac Dawson, grandfather of the above named Rev. 
Thomas Dawson,' was born at Maidstone, in Kent, England, 
1719, and d. at Maidstone about 181 7, being then in his 99th 
year. He, with his father, suffered persecution on account of 
belonging to the then despised sect of Baptists. He left but 
few descendants, several of his children, among whom were 
Samuel, Thomas, and one or two daughters, having d. without 
issue. His wife, Jane Dawson, d. at Maidstone about 1814, 
aged 90. Their only children who had families were : 
2-1. Joseph, b. at Maidstone, abt. 1760, a Baptist minister at Lyme 

Regis, Dorsetshire, England, d. at London, abt. 1822 or 1823 ; and 
2-2. Mary, who m. John Beeching, of Maidstone, and left three children, 

(John and two daughters), still living in Kent, England (1871). 

2-1. Joseph Dawson, b. at Maidstone about 1760, d. in 
London, about 1822 or 1823, was, as above stated, a Baptist 
minister at Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire, England, and m. Miss Eli%a 
Clark, of that place. They had nine children, only four of 
whom lived to be of age : 

3-1. Thomas, b. at Lyme Regis, March 4, 1790, res. 1872, at Pendle- 
ton, S. C. ; m. 
3—2. Samuel, was controller of customs on Prince Edward's Island, N. 

S., and d. there unm. 
3-3. Joseph, b. at Lyme Regis, April, 1797, d. near Adanta, Geo., 

March, 187 1 \ m. 
3-4. John Clark, was captain of an English East India ship, and d. at 
Sumatra or Java, of yellow fever, about 1821 ; unm. 

' " I have heard my grandfather say there were three branches of the Dawsons, 

the Yorkshire, Kentish and Irish branches. I am a descendant of the Kentish 

My great grandfather was also a native of Kent (Maidstone), and when a widower, 
of upwards of 60 years of age, stepped in between his eldest son and the intended wife 
of the latter and married her, of which union my grandfather was the third child, 
his father being at that time 68 years old. [Born, therefore, about 1651.] My 
grand uncle was so displeased that he emigrated to America, I think to Virginia, I 
have no certain knowledge of him, but think I have found some of his descendants 
in Georgia." — Rev. T. D., 1871. See record of the Baptist Dawsons of Virginia, 
who were, like this family, remarkable for instances of longevity. 

The Dawson Family. 363 

3-1. Rev. Thomas Dawson, b. at Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire, 
England, March 4, 1790, eijiigrated to this country in 18 16 or 
'17, and m. Aug. 10, 1822, at Valleytown Mission, Cherokee 
Nation, Mary Randal Lewis, whose parents were from Wales. 
She was b. in Burlington, N. J., Nov. 28, 1 802, d. at Pendleton, 
S. C, April 22, 1872. At the venerable age of more than 
four score years he is still, in 1873, performing the duties of a 
Baptist minister at Pendleton, S. C. They had nine children : ' 
4-1. Eliza Clark, b. in the Cherokee Nation, Sept. 11, 1823, res. 1873, 

near Perryville, S. C. Hunnicutt. 
4-2. Joseph Lewis C, b. in Pendleton Dist., S. C, Dec. 4, 1825, d. at 

Anderson C. H., S. C, April 23, 1873 ; m. 
4-3. Edwin J. E., b. in Pendleton Dist., April 10, 1828, res. 1873, 

Walhalla, S. C. ; m. 
4-4. Maria Earle, b. in Pendleton Dist., Sept. 3, 1830, res. 1873, near 

Perryville, S. C Abbott. 
4-5. Elias S. Earle, b. in Pendleton, Feb. 10, 1833, res. 1872, Edisto 

Island, S. C. ; m. 
4-6. Thomas William, b. in Pendleton Dist., Sept. 6, 1835, res. 1873, 

near Gadsden, S. C. ; m. 
4-7. Sarah Harrison, b. in Pendleton Dist., Oct. 12, 1838, res, 1872, 

Pendleton, S. C. ; unm. 
i'-8. James Harrison, b. in Pendleton Dist., Dec. 4, 1840, res. 1872, 

near Jacksonville, Fla. ; m. 
4-9. Edward Franklin, b. in Pendleton Dist., July 29, 1845, res. 1872, 

near Port Orange, Fla. ; farmer ; unm. 

3-3. Joseph Dawson, b. at Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire, Eng- 
land, April, 1797, d. near Atlanta, Ga., March, 1871, aged 74 
years. He m. ist, in England, Sept. 3, 1818, Fanny Baker, of 
Staines, Middlesex, dau. of James Baker. She d. in England. 
They had six children : 
4-10. Samuel B., b. at Maidstone, Kent, Sept. I, 1819, res. 1873, a 

New Prospect, Winston Co., Miss. ; m. 
4-11. John Clark, b. in Stepney parish, Middlesex, Jan. 26, 1824, res 

1873, Liqua, Chili, S. A. ; m. 
4-12. Jane Elizabeth, b. in Stepney parish, Oct. 20, 1825, res. 1873 

London, Eng. Lovelock. 
4-13. James Baker, b. in Stepney parish. May 30, 1827, res. 1873, a 

New Prospect, Miss. ; m. 
4—14. Maria Fanny, b. at; St. Leonards, London, m. John Lancaster 

res. 1873, Blackville, Barnwell Co., S. C. 
4-15. Joseph, d. in infancy. 

' Of his sons, Mr D. says (Oct., 1872) : " Five were in active service all the 
war, and the sixth the last twenty-one months, and by the goodness of God, all came 
home to me safe." — 

364 T^h^ Dawson Family. 

Mr. Dawson m. 2d, Caroline Prlgmore, of London. They 
had three children : 
4-16. Elizabeth, b. in St. Olave's parish, Surrey, Eng., abt. Dec. 1839, 

res. 1873, Atlanta, Ga. 
4-17. Frank, b. in Shore Ditch parish, Middlesex, May 2, 1845, d. at 

Raleigh, N. C, April 4, 1865 (killed in battle). 
4-18. Washington Taylor, b. in Pickens Dist., S. C, abt. Aug. 1847, 

res. 1872, Birmingham, Ala. 

4-1. Eliza Clark Daivson^ b. in the Cherokee Reservation, 
Sept. II, 1823 (dau. of Rev. Thomas, 3-1), m. Dec. 13, 1838, 
Milton Reese Hunnicutt, who was b. in Pendleton, S. C, 
July 2, 1813, son of William and Elizabeth Hunnicutt. They 
res. 1873,31 Perryville, Oconee Co., S. C. Fourteen children : 

5-1. Thomas William, b. March 14, 1840, res. 1873, Perryville, S. 

C. ; m. 
5-2. Mary Elizabeth, b. March 25, 1842. 
5-3. Nancy Sloan, b. June 28, 1843, res. 1873, Seneca city, S. C. 

5-4. Milton Reese, b. March 20, 1845, d. July 21, 1861. 
5-5. Lewis Young, b. Dec. 12, 1846, d. Feb. 8, 1849. 
5-6. Alice Eliza, b. Oct. 30, 1848. 

5-7. Sarah Kate, b. Oct. 6, 1850, res. 1873, Seneca city. Lowery. 
5-8. Miles Norton, b. July 25, 1852, d. Oct. 12, 1867. 
5-9. James Clarke, b. Aug. 26, 1854. 
5-10. John Sloan, b. Aug. 22, 1856. 
5- 11. Ezekiel Young, b. May 9, 1859. 
5-12. Jefferson Davis, b. May 31, 186 1. 
5-13. Milledge Reese, b. Aug. 31, 1863. 
5-14. Clarence Eugene, b. Sept. 7, 1865. 

4-2. Joseph Lewis C. Dawson, b. in Pendleton District, 
S. C, Dec. 4, 1825, d. at Anderson C. H., S. C, April 23, 
1873, '^- -^"g- "8, iS^J, Martha M. Gassaway, who was b. in 
Anderson Co., S. C, Dec. 29, 1834, dau. of Benjamin and 
Margaret Hall Gzssawiy. She res. 1873, at Anderson C. H. 
Two children : 
5-15. Anna V., b. Feb. 4, 1859. 
5-16. Emma M., b. Jan. 12, 1861. 

4-3. Edwin J. E. Dawson, farmer, b. in Pendleton District, 
S. C, April ID, 1828, m. ist, Nov. 5, 1850, Martha Lan- 
caster, who d. Oct. 31, i86g, aged 44 years and 6 mos., dau. 
of Jesse and Mary Lancaster. He m. 2d, June 12, 1872, 

The Dawson Family. 365 

Adallne Dodd, b. July lo, 1850, dau. of G. W. and E. A. 
Dodd. Res. 1873, Walhalla, Pickens Co., S. C. Children: 
5-17. Mary E., b. Nov. 17, 1858. 
5-18. Sarah Ida, b. Jan. 21, i860. 
5-19. George T., b. March 18, 1873. 

4-4. Maria Earle Dawson^ b. in Pendleton Dist., Sept. 3, 
1830 (dau. of Rev. Thomas, 3-1), m. Dec. 23, 1847, Rev. 
Willis Abbott, who was b. in Pendleton, June 16, 1822, son 
of William and Judith Abbott. They res. 1873, Perryville, 
Oconee, S. C, and have eleven children, all res. at Perryville : 
5-20. H, S., b. Dec I, 1848, m. Joseph Hays. (See forward). 
5-21. Mary E., b. Oct. 21, 1850. 
5-22. Martha J., b. Oct. 17, 1852. 
5-23. S. C, b. Dec. 10, 1853, m. May 8, 1872, M. Hopkins ; one 

child ; C. C. Hopkins. 
5-24. Williain Thomas, b. June 23, 1856. 
5-25. G. A., b. Aug. 29, 1857. 
5-26. John B, b. April 11, i860. 
5-27. R. H., b. Aug. 20,. 1862. 
5-28. James B., b. May 2, 1865. 
5-29. J. M., b. Nov. 16, 1867. 
5-30. D. M., b. Feb. 2, 1870. 

4-5. Elias S. Earle Dawson, farmer, b. in Pendleton, S. 
C, Feb. 10, 1833, m. Mary Blanch Westcott. Res. 1872, 
Edisto Island, S. C. Five children, of whom three only were 
then living. Names not communicated. 

4-6. Thomas William Dawson, railroad agent, b. in Pen- 
dleton Dist., S. C, Sept. 6, 1835, m. Dec. 11, 1856, Martha 
A. Hornsby^ who was b. in Coba, S. C, Oct. I, 1833, dau. of 
James S. and Mary A. Hornsby. Res. 1873, near Gadsden, 
Richland Co., S. C. Seven children : 
5-31. Mary Alice, b. in Coba, S. C, Dec. 18, 1857. 
5-32. E. Spurgeon, b. in Anderson, S. C, May 25, 1859. 
15-33. Isadore, b. in Anderson, June 5, 1861. 
5-34. Willie Thomas, b. in Gadsden, S. C, July 19, 1866. 
5-35. James Katon, b. in Gadsden, Oct. 12, 1867. 
5-36. Lee Hornsby, b. in Gadsden, Nov. 11, 1869. 
5-37. Annabel, b. in Gadsden, June 7, 1872. 

4-8. James Harrison Dawson, railroad agent, b. in Pen- 
dleton Dist., S. C, Dec. 4, 1840, m. Mary Mingas. Res. 
1872, near Jacksonville, Fla. One child, name not stated. 

^66 The Dawson Family. 

4-10. Samuel B. Dawson, farmer, b. at Maidstone, Kent, 
England, Sept. i, 1819, m. Dec. 8, 1852, Frances Tucker, b. 
in Anderson Dist., S. C, May 24, 1825, dau. of Thomas and 
Abigail Tucker. Res. 1873, near Louisville, Winston Co., 
Miss. Six children, all b. in Winston Co. : 
5-38. Abigail Eugenie, b. Jan. 12, 1855. 
5-39. Joseph Clark, b. Feb. 3, 1858. 
5-40. James Franklin, b. March 31, 1862. 
5-41. Sarah Elizabeth, b. June 1, 1864. 
5-42. Frances Emma, b. Sept. 19, 1866. 
5-43. Martha Angeline, b. Nov. 8, 1 869. 

4-11. John Clark Dawson, b. in Stepney parish, Mid- 
dlesex, England, Jan. 26, 1824, res. 1873, Liqua, Chili, S. A. 
He is a civil engineer. Seven children : 





Caroline Elizabeth. 




John Clark. 

4-12. Jane Elizabeth Dawson, b. in Stepney parish, Mid- 
dlesex, England, Oct. 20, 1825, m. William Lovelock, and 
res. 1873, Bride St., Liverpool road, London. Five children, 
all b. in Islington parish, Middlesex : 
3-51. William. 
5-52. George. 
5-53. Thomas. 
5-54. John. 
5-55. Emily. 

4-13. James Baker Dawson, farmer, b. in Stepney parish, 
Middlesex, England, May 30, 1827, m. EHxabeth Boon, of 
Stonemarket, Suffolk, dau. of William Boon. Res. 1873, New 
Prospect, Winston county, Miss. Five children : 
5-56. Emma, b. May 11, 1848. 
5-57. Fanny Elizabeth, b. Sept. 22, 1850. 
5-58. Sarah Jane, b. Jan. 2, 1853. 
5-59. James William, b. March ;, 1856. 
5-60. Maria Emily, b. June 5, 1858. 

The Dawson Family. 367 

Notes. I. A clergyman of thechurchof England, named Dawson, was in 
South Carolina in the colonial times. He arrived in the colony in 1766. — 
Ramsay's History of South Carolina, vol. 2, p. 7, note. 

II. Joseph Dawson, a native of the south of Ireland (county Kerry or 
Cork), emigrated to Charleston in 1832, with family of four sons and 
four daughters. The sons were: 1. John, who d. in California. His 
sons, Francis J., accountant, and Richard, clerk, res. 1873, in Charleston. 
2. job, grocer, res. 1873, in Charleston, has son. Job, jun., stencil cutter, 
also of Charleston. 3. Francis, res. 1873, New York. 4. Joseph, 
druggist, res. 1873, Charleston ; has family. 

III. " Francis W Dawson, of The News (Riordon, Dawson & Co., 
1867), was born in London, England, in 1840. At the time of the 
breaking out of the war between the Confederate States and the Federal 
Union, he was engaged on the editorial staff of a London newspaper. In 
December, 1861, he enlisted at Southampton, England, as a sailor on the 
Confederate steamship Nashville. On the arrival of the steamer at Beau- 
fort, North Carolina, early in 1 862, he was appointed a master's mate 
in the navy of the new Confederacy. This position he resigned in June, 
1862, and joined the " Purcell Battery," Hill's division, army of Northern 
Virginia, as a private. In August, 1862, he was commissioned first 
lieutenant of artillery, and assigned to duty as ordnance officer on the 
staff of General Longstreet. In the spring of 1864 he was promoted to 
a captaincy of artillery, and in the fall of the same year was transferred 
to the staff of Gen. Fitz Hugh Lee, where he served until the end of the 
war. When ihe Richmond Examiner was revived, in 1865, Mr. Dawson 
became one of its local reporters. After the E.xaminer had been sup- 
pressed by the United States' military authorities, Mr. Dawson accepted 
a position among the corps of editors of the Richmond Dispatch, and held 
it until the fall of 1866, when he became assistant editor of the Charles- 
ton Mercury, Nov. 19, 1866. This position he held until October, 
1867, when he became one of the proprietors and editors of the Charles- 
ton Daily News." — From The Newspaper Press of Charleston, p 181. 
Mr. D. is still, in 1873, a resident of Charleston, and editor of the News. 


In regard to the family history of the late U. S. Senator, 
William C. Dawson, of Georgia, there has been much misappre- 
hension. It has been generally supposed by the Maryland 
Dawsons, and those of Maryland descent, that he was descended 
from a family originally settled in that state. As will be seen 
below, his father came from England, and planted in Georgia 
a distinct and original family. As to the traditional southern 
offshoot of the Maryland stock, see some curious information 
accompanying the records of the families of that state. 


Of Greene Co., Georgia, 1784. 

Under date of March 3, 1871, the late Dr. Thomas H. 
Dawson, of Glenville, Ala., nephew of Senator Dawson, wrote 
as follows : ' 

" My grandfather's name was George Dawson. He came 
to the United States a British soldier during the war between 
England and the colonies, and believing England wrong in her 
course towards our people, he deserted as soon as he came in 
reach of Washington's lines, and remained a soldier under him 
to the end of the war. After peace was declared he stopped a 
year or two in North Carolina,- and there married a young 
widow, Mrs. Ruth Skidmore, then the mother of one child, 

• The letter was addressed to A. H. H. Dawson, Esq., of New York city, to whose 
kindness the compiler is indebted for the use of it. 

= Peace was not formally " declared " until after the signing of the definitive treaty 
of peace in Paris, 3d Sept., 1783; but the war was considered as practically ended 
by the surrender of Lord Cornwalls at Yorktown, 19 Oct., 1781. In consequence 
of a general persuasion that peace was at hand, large numbers of soldiers were imme- 
diately paroled, went home, and were never recalled. Probably it was while paroled, 
pending the conclusion of the treaty, that George Dawson "stopped a year or two in 
North Carolina." Otherwise the term of his residence in that state must have been 
brief, as he was living in Georgia in January, 1784, in which month the eldest child 

The 'Dawson Family. 369 

Samuel Skidmore. Shortly after their marriage they moved to 
Georgia, and settled on the head waters of the Ogeechee river, 
in Greene county," the Indians having but recently left that part 
of the state to occupy the lands on the west of the river Oconee. 
Here my father, Gen. Thomas Dawson, was born, under a 
shelter covered with bark, on the 25th of January, 1784. He 
was the first white child born in the county of Greene. Here 
he grew to manhood, and filled most of the offices of trust and 
honor in the gift of the people. He died 26 Feb., 1846, near 
Greensboro, the county seat. My grandfather had five sons, 
Thomas, Reuben, John, George and William C. Dawson. 
The character and services of the latter are doubtless well known 
to you. 

" My father, Thomas Dawson, had six sons, George Ashley, 
Thomas Henry, John Rogers, James Crosby, Reuben Josiah 
and William Curran, all of whom are dead, except Reuben, 
William and myself. Add to these Edgar G. Dawson, the 
only surviving son of my uncle, William C. Dawson, and you 
have all the living male representatives of my grandfather, except 
our sons, of whom there are some eight or ten. 

" Our great grandfather's name was John Dawson, of Sut- 
terby, in the county of Lincoln, England. His arms were 
granted in 1640. George, our grandfather, was born in Lincoln 
county, England. This is the best account we have been able 
to get of the early history of the family. Our grandfather never 
corresponded with any of his relatives after the Revolutionary 
war, but a letter received as late as 1866 from Richard Dawson, 
of Hertfordshire, England, furnishes these statements in regard 
to John Dawson, from whom, doubtless, we have descended. 
He states that all the men of the family were tall, with ruddy 
complexions, and blue or hazel eyes, were great sportsmen, 
keeping first rate horses of every class, and the best stock of all 
kinds." == 

' Greene count}' was laid out in 1786, having previously formed a part of Wash- 
ington county, which was established in 1784, and included " all the territory from 
the Cherokee corner, north, extending from the Ogeechee to the Oconee, south to 
Liberty county." — Historical Collections of Georgia, pp. 476 and 676. 

= The original of the letter of Richard Dawson, Esq., of Hertfordshire, above re- 
ferred to, having been forwarded to the compiler by a member of Dr. Dawson's family, 
it is copied in full below. The letter alone ^/i;^i no substantial ground for the state- 
ment that Dr. Dawson's gt. gr. father was the John Dawson, of Sutterby, whose arms 

37° The Dawson Family. 

From the foregoing, an J letters of Reuben J. Dawson, Esq., of Greensboro, Ga., Edgar 
E. Dawson, Esq., of Baltimore, Md., and others, with the use of sketches of Senator 
Dawson and family in farioui published ivorks, thefolloiving record has been compiled. 

1. George Dawson, said to have been a native of Lincoln 
county, England, came to America a British soldier during the 
revolutionary war, and deserted the British service to espouse 
the American cause. He m. in North Carolina, widow Ruth 
Skidmore, and with her removed to Greene county, Georgia, 
where they, in common with others, encountered the hardships 
and perils incident to all early settlements in our western and 
south western states. The Indians had not yet been removed 
from their neighborhood, and privations, self-denial, self reliance 

are said to have been granted in 1640. Perhaps Dr. Dawson may have followed up 
the clue given in the letter, and obtained satisfactory evidence as to the ancestry of 
his grandfather, George Dawson, founder of the family in Georgia. If an ancestor, 
John Dawson of Sutterby, 1 640, must have been some generations removed from the 
Georgia settler of 1784. The letter is as follows : 

" Albury Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire, May 7, 1866. 
" Sir, 

Your letter has been forwarded to me from Withcall, where my father resided, 
and after his death I remained there ten years, when I bought my present property. 
I will tell you what I can of my family. If you belong to us you are descended from 
my ancestor, Jno. Dawson, Esq., of Sutterby, in the county of Lincoln, whose arms 
were granted in 1640.* The Dawson family were all tall, fine men, ruddy com- 
plexions, with blue or hazel eyes, have always been great sportsmen, keeping first rate 
horses of every class, and the best stock of all kinds. It strikes me very forcibly that 
I have heard my father mention that one of the family belonging either to his uncle 
or great uncle was lost. The whole of my father's family are dead. Several of the 
names you state are our family names, John, Thomas, William and Sarah. I recol- 
lect a cousin of my father's, William, who had only one child, a son, George, who 
married the only child of Captain Stephens. They both died without issue, so that 
branch is extinct. I am the only son of Richard Dawson, and have two sisters ; am 
married, and have one child ; am a magistrate for the county of Hertford. I will 
seal this with our arms. We have few relations. 

" If Jno. Wood, whom you mention, be the son of Wm. Wood, the cattle dealer, 
I have bought beasts of him, and fancy he and his brother, who were partners, were 
Yorkshire men. They were large jobbers. I have not seen either of them for 16 
or 18 years. 

" Several of our family are buried in St. Botolph's, Lincoln, and the monuments of 
the earlier branches are in the church at Sutterby, near Spilsby. It strikes me very 
forcibly that your grandfather was the brother of Wm. Dawson, who would now be 
about 1 10 years old, were he living. William had only one brother, and he himself 
standing about six feet high, a fine man, he is buried in St. Botolph's. 
" Sincerely yours, 

"Richard Dawson." 

" Mr. Reuben J. Dawson." 

* According to Buike, the arms of the Dawsons of Sutterby were granted to James Dawson in 
1664.- s,,/.. s./,>,„„.ri. 

The 'Dawson Family. 27^ 

and courage, were among their virtues aud their experiences. 
They had nine children, all b. in Greene county :' 

2-1. Thomas, b. Jan. 25, 1784, d. in Greene county, Feb. z6, 1846; w. 

2-2. Mary, b. May 17, 1785. McIntosh. 

2-3. Sarah, b. July 4, 1786. Furlow. 

2-4. Elizabeth, b. March 25, 1789. Mulkey. 

2-5. John, b. May 10, 1792, known as Major John Dawson, served in 

war of 1812-14, 'f- Elizabeth Ceisna ; no male descendants 

living, 1 871/^ 
2-6. Reuben, b. Dec. 10, 1 793 ; m. 
2-7. George, b. March 28, 1795 ; m. 
2-8. William Crosby, b. Jan. 4, 1798, d. in Greensboro, Ga., May 6, 

2-9. Rutha C, b. May 15, 1803, m. Furnifold H. Greene, of North 
Carolina, a relative of Gen. Nathaniel Greene, for whom Greene 
county was named. 

2-1. Thomas Dawson, b. in Greene county, Ga., Jan. 25, 
1784, remained all his life a resident of that county, which he 
represented frequently in the state legislature, and of which he 
was also sheriff. He served as captain of a volunteer company 
in the war with England (1812-14) and as major under Gen. 
Adams in the war with the Creek Indians. At the time of his 
death, which occurred near Greensboro, Feb. 26, 1846, he 
was engaged in business as a commission merchant and factor 
at Augusta, Ga. He m. Dec. i, 1803, Susanna H. Rogers, who 
d. Oct, I, 1864, dau. of John Rogers, of North Carolina. 
She was a woman of cultivated mind and exemplary Christian 
character. They had eight children, all b. in Greene county : 

3-1. Leonore Boykin, b. Oct. 7, 180;, m. Dec. 1, 1824, John D. 
Turner, of Va., and d. near Madison, Ga., Sept. 23, 1825 ; 
one child. 

' " I may be prolix and prosaic, but I love to remember the mothers of fifty years 
ago, those who gave birth to Lucius Q C. and Mirabeau B. Lamar, to William C. 
Dawson, Bishop George Pierce, Alexander Stuart and Joseph Lumpkin. I knew 
them all, and, with affectionate delight, remember their virtues, and recall the social 
hours we have enjoyed together, when they were matrons, and I the companion of 
their sons. And now, when all are gone, and time is crowding me to the grave, the 
nobleness of their characters, the simplicity of their bearing in the discharge of their 
household duties, and the ingenuousness of their manners in social intercourse, ia a 

cherished, venerated memory They were sensible, modest and moral 

women, and their virtues live after them in the exalted character of their illustrious 
sons."— Sparks' The Memories of Fifty rears, p. 100. 

' John Dawson is mentioned as among the early settlers of Cass county, Ga. — 
Historical Collections of Georgia^ p. 298. 

372 The Dawson Family. 

3-2. George Ashley, b. Aug. 12, 1807, admicted to the Bar, 1828, m. 

June 27, 1828, Martha K. Butt,^ and d. at Warrenton, Ga., 

Sept. 12, 1829, without issue. 
3-3. Thomas Henry, b. April 8, 1809, d. in Glenville, Ala., June 19, 

1873 ; m. 
3-4. John Rogers, b. Dec. 20, 1810, d. in Columbus, Ga., Oct. 29, 

.852 ; m. 
3-5. James Crosby, b. Oct. 27, 1 81 2, many years in importing dry 

goods trade, d. May, 1866. 
3-6. Ann Winefried, b. April 19, 1814, m. April 21, 1831, Thomas 

P. F. Threewits: res. 1873, Columbus, Ga. ; 5 children. 
3-7. Reuben Josiah, b. April 21, 18 16, res. 1873, Greensboro, Ga.; w. 
3-8. William Curran, b. Sept. 17, 1 818, res. 1873, Glenville, Ala. ; m. 

2-2. Mary Dawson, b. in Greene county, Ga., May 17, 
1785, m. in Greene county, Col. David McIntosh. Two 
children : 
3-9. Crosby. 
3—10. Parazade. 

2-3. Sarah Dawson, b. in Greene county, Ga., July 4, 1786, 
m. David Furlow. They had seven children : 
3-1 1. Osborn, m. Sarah Ann Bunkky, of Greene county. 
3-12. Rutha. 

3-13. James Thomas, m. Sarah Ann Hutchinson, of Greene county. 
3-14. Mary. 
3-15. Ann. 

3-16. George, m. Lucy Dickens, of Clarke county, Ga. 
3-17. Albert, m. Jane Shuptrine, of Upson county, Ga. 

2-4. Elizabeth Dawson, b. in Greene county, Ga., March 

25, 1789, m. Dr. MuLKEY. They had one son : 

3-18. George. 

2-6. Reuben Dawson, b. in Greene Co., Ga., Dec. 10, 
1793, m. Sept. 13, 1 8 14, Hannah Walton Mathews." They 
had six children : 

3-19. Malvina, m. Gen. Ch.^rles Nelson. 
3-20. Sarah, m. Benjamin Goode. 
3-21. Antoinette, m. Edwin J. Mapp. 
3-22. Upzier, m. Dr. E. H. Metcalf, of Texas. 
3-23. Carrie, m. George Downing. 
3-24. Richard, went west, d. 

'She m. 2d, Dr. Richard Banks, of Elbert county, and res. a wid. at Gainesville, 
Ga. (1873). 

» Reuben Dawson was a member of the first grand jury of Campbell county, 
Georgia. — See HiMrical ColUcliom of Georgia, p. 293. 


The Dawson Family. 373 

2-7. Col. George Dawson, b. in Greene county, Ga., 
March 28, 1795, m. June 17, 1818, Sarah Branch., of North 
Carolina ; was many years sheriff of Greene county ; d. leaving 
one son : 
3-25. George Malcomb, d. 

2-8. Hon. WftLiAM Crosby Dawson was b. in Greene 
f'"tnty, Ga., Jan. 4, 1798. After an academic course, taken 
•r the direction, first, of the Rev. Dr. Cumming, a Scotch- 
: :,h divine of great learning and piety, and afterwards at the 
county academy in Greensboro, he entered the Franklin College, 
of Athens, at an early age, and was graduated from that Insti- 
tution in 1 8 16. He devoted the following year to the study of 
the law in the office of the Hon. Thomas W. Cobb, at Lex- 
ington, and then entered the famous law school of Judges Reeve 
and Gould, at Litchfield, Conn., whf re he took a full course of 
lectures. On his return to Cin;. 1 sh:.,o, in i8i8, he was ad- 
mitted to the bar, and at one- 
profession in his native county. 
a vigorous constitution, and studin 1 

soon acquired a large practice, which was also a lucrative one 
for ih.iiie times. Although in the course of his life often in 
pii " was, up to the time of his death, except when 

on .rious practitioner, and even when a member 

ot tl' < the recesses of Congress were occu- 

pied with professu., 

In 1 821 he wa^ ^ of Reprcsi uia- 

tives of the state legislature, \vi!,..ti ,i!i i ^ continued to fill 
through frequent changes of party supremacy, for ten or twelve 
consecutive years. In 1828 he compiled and published, by 
legislative appointment, the statutes of Georgia, and in 1834-5, 
he represented his native county in the state senate. He was 
captain of a volunteer company i'l the Creek and Seminole war 
of 1836, and was entrusted bv ( «<iiitai Scott with a sepaiaic 
command, i.i.i '> - . -• li ^ . ..I xrvice, in the performance 

of whi^ li :i • >r his gallantry and courage. 

From thai .vas a representative in the ■ 

National C was nominated by the Whig- 

party for go led. His defeat was iiuributed 

n, n v,,r,. !,,■ .. In tiv: , nt" including tea and 



T^he Dawson Faftiily. 373 

2-7. Col. George Dawson, b. in Greene county, Ga., 
March 28, 1795, m. June 17, 1818, Sarah Branch, of North 
Carolina ; was many years sheriff of Greene county ; d. leaving 
one son : 

3-25. George Malcomb, d. 

2-8. Hon. William Crosby Dawson was b. in Greene 
county, Ga., Jan. 4, 1798. After an academic course, taken 
under the direction, first, of the Rev. Dr. Cumming, a Scotch- 
Irish divine of great learning and piety, and afterwards at the 
county academy in Greensboro, he entered the Franklin College, 
of Athens, at an early age, and was graduated from that Insti- 
tution in 181 6. He devoted the following year to the study of 
the law in the office of the Hon. Thomas W. Cobb, at Lex- 
ington, and then entered the famous law school of Judges Reeve 
and Gould, at Litchfield, Conn., where he took a full course of 
lectures. On his return to Greensboro, in 1818, he was ad- 
mitted to the bar, and at once entered upon the labors of his 
profession in his native county. He had a buoyant temperament, 
a vigorous constitution, and studious, industrious habits, and he 
soon acquired a large practice, which was also a lucrative one 
for those times. Although in the course of his life often in 
public service, he was, up to the time of his death, except when 
on the bench, a laborious practitioner, and even when a member 
of the United States Senate the recesses of Congress were occu- 
pied with professional labors. 

In 1 82 1 he was elected clerk of the House of Representa- 
tives of the state legislature, which office he continued to fill 
through frequent changes of party supremacy, for ten or twelve 
consecutive years. In 1828 he compiled and published, by 
legislative appointment, the statutes of Georgia, and in 1834-5, 
he represented his native county in the state senate. He was 
captain of a volunteer company in the Creek and Seminole war 
of 1836, and was entrusted by General Scott with a separate 
command, and detailed for a special service, in the performance 
of which he distinguished himself for his gallantry and courage. 
From that year until 1 841 he was a representative in the 
National Congress. In 1840 he was nominated by the Whig' 
party for governor, but was defeated. His defeat was attributed 
to a vote he had given in Congress in favor of including tea and 

374 ^^^ Dawson Fatnily. 

cofFee in the tariff for revenue ; and constrtiing his defeat into a 
disapproval of his congressional course, he resigned his office of 
representative, and gave himself up to his profession. He was 
a very effective advocate, and where important interests had to 
be litigated he was generally retained as leading counsel. 

In 1845 1^^ ^25 appointed, by Governor Crawford, a judge of 
the Supreme Court of the Ocmulgee district, to fill a vacancy. 
He accepted the office until an election could be had by the 
legislature, but declined being a candidate for the bench, al- 
though assured of an election had he been willing to con- 
tinue in the office.' Two years later he was elected to the 
senate of the United States, in which body he held an honored 
place and commanded a wide influence until the expiration of 
his term of office in 1855. His failure of a reelection was no doubt 
a serious disappointment to him, but he declared that he should 
leave the senate without any personal regrets. Probably no one 
of the many offices of trust and honor which he held through 
the partiality of his fellow citizens was more esteemed by him 
than that of grand master of the Grand Lodge (masonic) of 
Georgia, which high position he held from 1843 until his death. ^ 
This event occurred suddenly, with only a few hours' warning, 
at his home in Greensboro, May 6, 1856. The announcement 
took the country by surprise, and the press everywhere noticed 
it in terms of the highest respect for his character, and sorrow 
for his death. 

In the performance of his public duties he was remarkable for 
his patience, urbanity and frankness, and his habits were always 

* " Although the most affable of men, open to the approaches of every honest class 
of the people at appropriate times, relishing keenly the flash of forensic wit and the 
play of popular humor, and despising the false dignity which so often covers shallow 
minds and cold hearts, yet few of our judges maintained with better effect the grave 
earnestness, the quiet order, and the solemn authority so necessary to the administra- 
tion of justice. With steady hand he balanced the scales ; and the best commentary 
upon his brief administration is found in the uncomplaining acquiescence of bar and 
people in the soundness, independence and impartiality of his judgments." — Hon. 
E. A. Nesbit, in Miller's Bench and Bar of Georgia, vol. i, p. 310. 

' His portrait was published, in a handsome lithograph, by the proprietors of the 
Masonic Signet and Journal, at Atlanta, about the time of his death ; and masonic 
bodies throughout the country testified by resolutions and otherwise their deep sense 
of his loss. The following is a list of masonic lodges supposed to have been named 
in his honor : Daiuson Lodge, No. 16, Washington, D. C. ; ditto, 1S3, Winchester, 
Wayne Co., Miss. ; ditto, 129, Scottville. Claiborne Parish, La.; ditto, 69, Craw- 
fordsville, Taliaferro Co., Ga. ; ditto, 68, Social Circle, Walton Co,,Ga. ; ditto, z^^, 
Oakey Street, Butler Co., Ala. — Universal Masonic Record and Directory, i860. 

The Dawson Family. 375 

those of a vigilant, industrious man of business. He was 
characterized by good sense and a manly independence. In 
Congress his capacity for affairs secured for him the chairmanship 
of two important committees, one of which, that on claims, is 
considered one of the most laborious and useful positions apper- 
taining to the national legislature. He spoke rarely, and when 
he did take the floor it was upon a question requiring action. 
His constituents were served with the utmost fidelity, and, if 
not a great statesman, he was a conscientious, intelligent, liberal 
minded legislator, whose public acts were never influenced by 
a corrupt or unworthy motive.' 

The testimony of those who knew him well is that he was 
ever, in his private life, one of the purest and most blameless of 
men. He delighted in the sports of the turf and the field, always 
keeping a fine pack of fox-hounds, the fleetest in the country, 
which he spared no expense in procuring.'' Though highly re- 
fined and courtly in his manners, he was eminently social in his 
nature and habits. He had a keen wit, was skillful in repartee, 

' " Will you, who yet live, and were children when I was a child, turn back with 
me in memory to those days, and to those who were your school fellows and play- 
mates then ? Do you remember who were the brave and generous, kind and truthful 
among them ? and do you recall their after lives ? Answer me ; were net these the 
true men in that day ? Do you remember William C. Dawson, Joseph H. Lumpkin, 
Lucius S^. C. Lamar, and his brother Mirabeau B. Lamar, Eugenius Nesbit, Walter 
T. Colquitt and Eli S. Shorter ? How varied in temperament, in character, in 
talents, and yet how like in the great leading features of the soul ! Love for their 
country, love for their kind, love for the good was common to them all j unselfish 
beyond what was necessary to the wants of their families, generous in the outpourings 
of the soul, philanthropic and full of charity. They hoarded no wealth, nor sought 
it as a means of power or promotion. Intent upon the general good, and content 
with an approving conscience and the general approbation, their Uves were correct 
and their services useful, and they live in the memory of a grateful people as public 
benefactors." — Sparks' The Memories of Fifty Tears, ^. 1 68, see also pp. 174, 180, 

= " His hounds and blooded steeds were his subordinate pets. He loved the echo 
of the mellow horn, the dashing ride, the incoming at the death, and the festive 
glee that crowned the chase. Upon such occasions the dignity of the senator gave 
place to the harmless abandon of the boy." — Judge Nesbit, in Bencli and Bar of 
Georgia, The ollowing is from a letter to the author of that work from Edgar G. 

Dawson, Esq., son of the senator ; " My father was the best horseman I ever 

saw, and surpassed all his companions in his exploits upon the field with his horse 
and hounds. I have frequently seen him from daybreak until nightfall in the chase 
(of the red fox, the fleetest and most enduring of the species), and then return home 
and work until twelve or one o'clock in his office. I think he was one of the most 
industrious men I ever knew, and at the same time the most social. He made com- 
panions of his children, upon the circuit, at Washington, in his travels, upon 

the plantation, — and seemed delighted, in the chase, to see his sons well mounted, 
contesting with him the palm of horsemanship in leaping fences and ditches, and in 
keeping nearest the hounds in full pursuit through woods and fields." 

yjb The Dawson Family. 

and for harmless fun and innocent frolic he had a peculiar relish. 
The recollection of his anecdotes, his pleasantries, and his prac- 
tical jokes, is still fondly cherished by his former associates.' 

"In the courts and in tavern-halls, on the wayside and in 
grave assemblies, his sympathies with the people found means 
of expression. Without effort on his part, he was always the 
centre of a listening crowd, eager to know his opinions, and to 
catch the playful humor of his conversation. He knew more 
men personally than any man of his day ; and those he did not 
know he seemed to know. A cordial grasp of the hand, a 
word of recognition, a bow, a pleasant inquiry, or a bantering 
salutation, as well as good offices, were the price which he was 
wont to pay for golden opinions. But let it not be understood 
that for selfish ends he thus bought the favor of the people. 
That a man of his sagacity should not know that such means 
would result in available popularity is not a possible conclusion ; 
yet those who knew him well are convinced that, irrespective 
of availability to such an end, his mode of intercourse would 
have been the same. As a proof of his attractiveness as a man, 
and in memory of the kindliness of his nature, let it be recorded 
that many of his clients, whilst opposed to him in opinion, 
sustained him as a politician. Rarely, indeed, do party ties yield 
to the claims of private friendship. The former are usually 
stronger than even those of nature. The personal qualities re- 
ferred to, with his firm mind, and strong, pure character, made 
him for many years the most popular man in Georgia. 

" His knowledge of men was very remarkable, as well as his 
tact in their management. If required to name the quality of 
mind which, more than any other, contributed to a career as a 
lawyer and statesman which cannot be designated otherwise than 
as brilliant, I should point to his power of insight into character. 
No man knew better how to control the conduct of others by 
touching those springs of action which are hid from the ordinary 
observer. This faculty was native ; yet it derived efficiency 
from a large experience. He studied men as some people study 
books, and made a better use of them than philosophers often 
make of the facts of science. In the extracting of testimony 
from an unwilling witness, in its elucidation before the jury, in 

' See Hhtorkal Collcclimis of Georgia, pp. 260 — 317. 

The Dawson Family. 377 

the selection of jurymen, in fencing and foining with an ad- 
versary, in detecting the idiosyncrasies of the judge, and more 
especially in exposing fraud lurking in the details of complicated 
transactions, it availed him as an instrument of tremendous power. 
Shrewd and quick of eye, he was prompt to seize a vantage- 
ground, to recover from a false move, or to discover and storm 
the weak points in a cause. He knew when to beat a retreat, 
or how to capitulate with the honors of war, to break the force 
of an argument by a timely jest, or to overwhelm his antagonist 
with the clear, outstanding equity of his case. And if, perchance, 
there was anything ludicrous in the claims or conduct of the 
adverse litigant, he was wont to ignore gravity, and ' laugh the 
case out of court.' Without disparaging his learning, it must 
be conceded that he was most powerful in the management of a 
cause and as an advocate. 

" In legal decisions he relied more upon elementary principles 
than adjudicated cases, and was greatly indebted to the native 
suggestions of a vigorous mind. His was not the error of crush- 
ing a case under accumulated authority, or the folly of stifling it 
in a cloud of remote analogies. It was not his habit (like his 
great contemporary, John Macpherson Berrien) to reduce an • 
argument to mathematical exactness whilst he clothed it in the 
drapery of the most exquisite rhetoric, yet it was his good for- 
tune to see the strong points of a cause, and to present them 
with a sturdy logic. 

" Judge Dawson was noted among his brethren for his skill 
in settling cases out of court, more especially such as he foresaw 
would scarcely be settled favorably in the court-house. He 
knew the value of compromising. Nor is it otherwise than true 
that his out-door settlements were characterized by liberality 
and forbearance. At all events, the loser not unfrequently 
came out of his hands believing that he was, after all, the favored 

" It was his thorough knowledge of human nature that ena- 
bled him to adapt himself with such peculiar facility to the 
company he might chance to be in. He was not a learned man, 
yet he was at home more than most men in a circle of savans. 
And he was equally at his ease on the streets of Greensboro and 
at the dinings of Count Bodisco at Washington. He was all 

37^ The 'Dawson Family. 

things to all men, not in the sense of hypocritical adaptation, 
but of amiable accommodation. 

" The person is to be considered in acquiring correct views 
of a man. Especially is it an element of strength or of weak- 
ness in oratory. In this regard he was favored. He was above 
medium height, but well knit, combining strength with activity. 
Hif. face would attract the observation of a stranger, not because 
of Its intellectuality, but through its benevolent and various ex- 
pression. His voice was strong, his walk elastic, and his 
attitude erect. And pleasant, indeed, it was to observe the 
movements of his small, quick, vigilant and hilarous gray eyes. 
He was a free and ready speaker, rather vehement in manner, 
handling facts with adroitness and arguments with force. He 
owed little to the schools or the classics. He was not wanting 
in sensibility (the soul of true eloquence) nor in a just apprecia- 
tion of great themes or great occasions. Hence his most suc- 
cessful efforts were made when some great question of popular 
right had stirred the masses, or the life or estate of a client hung 
upon the verdict of a jury. At such times he was eloquent. 
Sensible himself to every generous or noble or compassionate 
emotion, and detesting every form of meanness, I have seen the 
listening jury melt beneath his appeals or glow beneath the fire 
of his denunciations."' 

Mr. Dawson m. ist, in i8rg, Henrietta M. Wingfield, dau. 
of Dr. Thomas and Sidney Wingfield, of Greensboro. Her 
father was an eminent physician, whose family had emigrated 
to Georgia from the state of Virginia. She was b. 1802, and 
d. in Washington city, D. C, April 7, 1850. To use her 
husband's own language, she was " the chief source of his hap- 
piness and success ;" and in the language of another, " She was 
a lady of great beauty, of refined tastes, easy yet dignified 
manners, remarkable for good sense, and distinguished for her 
intense vet unostentatious pietv. She possessed in a remarkable 
degree the almost indescribable quality which is indicated by the 
word ' sensible,' a word which, in its application to women, 
means an almost intuitive perception of what is proper under all 
circumstances. Without bringing down upon herself the un- 
pleasant observation of the world, or violating the delicacies 

' Judge Nesbit, in Bench and Bar of Georgia, vol. i, pp. 311, 312. 

The Dawson Fatnily. 379 

peculiar to her sex and station, she, with consummate address, 
became his strongest auxiliary in every honorable aspiration of 
his life. With him she ascended gracefully to the highest level 
of social life at Washington. She adapted herself to his cir- 
cumstances, gave to practical things the aid of her sound judg- 
ment, to the hospitalities of his house the elegancies of a culti- 
vated taste, to her children the unwearied assiduities of a mother, 
to the poor profuse charity, and to God the devotion of a meek 
and quiet spirit. Judge Dawson appreciated the character of 
his wife, and repaid her love with the most marked respect and 
most unremitting tenderness."' They had eight children : 
3-26. William Reid, d. 1838, while a student in the University of Ga. ; 

3-27. Henry Mounger, d. aged 3 years. 
3-28. George Oscar, a lawyer, several times a representative in the 

Georgia legislature from Greene county ; captain Co. I, 8th 

Georgia Confederate Regiment, d. June, 1865.- 
3-29. Henrietta Wingfield, res. 1873, Columbus, Ga. Hill. 
3-30. Edgar Gilmer, lawyer, res. 1873, Baltimore, Md. ; m. 
3-31. Emma Caledonia, res. 1873, South Carolina. Seabrook. 
3-32. Lucien Wingfield, Passed Midshipman, U. S. N., d. 1865 ; m. 
3-33. Thomas Wingfield, M. D., m. Jnna Cody, of Columbus, Ga. ; d. 

1859, without issue. 

In November, 1854, Senator Dawson m. 2d, Mrs. Eliza M. 
Williams, an accomplished lady of Tenn. She survived him, 
and res. 1873, '" Memphis. 

3-3. Dr. Thomas Henry Dawson was b. in Greensboro, 
Greene county, Georgia, April 8, 1809. After the usual aca- 
demic course, he studied medicine, and practiced extensively, 
becoming eminent in his profession. He united, while very 
young, with the Methodist Episcopal church, and was remark- 
able from his earliest years for the purity and probity of his life. 
He lived in various places in Georgia and Alabama, and every 
where, by the force of his character, the light of his virtues, and 
the power of his intellect, he was prominent, influential and 
useful. He was, for some time, a representative and senator 
in the state legislature, and was tendered, but declined, a nomi- 
nation to Congress. In later years he became noted in his part 

• Judge Ncsbit, in Bench and Bar of Georgia, vol. i, p. 317. 

" Cipt. Dawson commanded the 8th Rcgt., in the battle of Garrett's Landing, July 
28, 1862. See his report of that battle, in Rebellion Record, vol. 9, p. 519. 

380 The Dawson Family. 

of the state as a preacher, having been licensed in 1833. He 
always remained, however, what is known in the peculiar 
economy of the Methodist church as a " local " preacher, not 
devoting himself exclusively to the ministerial work, but com- 
bining with it the labors of a doctor, planter and legislator, thus 
" serving the church and his fellow men in the use of all his 
gifts." He was ordained a deacon in 1837, and an elder in 
1 843. He is described by Bishop Pierce, of Alabama, as having 
possessed " a striking presence, a glowing countenance, a soft, 
ringing voice, a quick, fertile, ready intellect, a heart of tender 
sensibility and powerful enthusiasm, all sanctified by simple, 
fervent piety." As a minister he was popular, able and effective, 
and the common opinion of those best fitted to judge of his 
qualifications for the ministry, his endowments of heart and in- 
tellect, is, that if he had given himself entirely to this work he 
would have ranked foremost among preachers. A great part 
of his life was spent in labor among the poor and obscure in 
works of simple, unostentatious charity, wherein, as minister and 
physician, and as freely in one character as the other, he de- 
voted himself to the humblest of the numerous very poor of his 
neighborhood. He had in a rare degree the faculty of adapting 
himself to any company in which he might be thrown, and hence 
was a great favorite in social life. Families vied with each other 
in their efforts to secure his company, and cherished the recol- 
lection of his visits as among the most pleasant episodes of their 
home life. He was truthful, candid, unbiassed, a safe counsellor, 
and a frequent arbitrator in cases of difficulty between neighbors. 
Before the outbreak of the civil war Dr. Dawson had become 
a man of large wealth. The war cost him the loss of the greater 
part of his estate, and financial misfortunes followed which for 
a time embarrassed and depressed him. But he speedily rallied, 
and at the time of his decease had, to a considerable extent, 
repaired his wasted fortunes. At all times his house was the 
home of his friends, and it was rarely without a visitor. He d. 
at Glenville, Ala., from apoplexy, June 19, 1873. O" '^^ 
previous day he had, in apparent health, been about his usual 
avocations, visiting among others an indigent patient whom he 
had attended gratuitously for more than a year, and while in- 
forming her that she must shortly die, so directing her thoughts 

The Dawson Family. 381 

and his own that both passed a very happy hour together. That 
evening he led a prayer meeting, and so closed an exemplary 
and eminently useful life, for his death occurred suddenly in the 
night a few hours after, and almost at the same moment, it is 
said, his patient died also. The language of a resolution passed 
by the Eufaula District Conference, July 30, 1873, "That in 
the death of Dr. Thomas H. Dawson the church has lost one 
of her ablest and most beloved ministers, the state a wise and 
true Christian patriot, his companion and children an affectionate 
husband and father, and the community in which he lived its 
most useful citizen," expresses sentiments which were repeated 
in substance in numerous newspaper notices of his decease, and 
by the various societies and associations with which he was con- 

Dr. Dawson m. ist, in Columbia Co., Ga., Feb. 23, 1830, 
Ann Blah\ who was b. June 11, 181 1, and d. June 23, 1842, 
leaving two children : 
4-1. Mary E., b. in Columbia Co., Ga., Sept. 8, 1831, res. 1873, Glen- 

viile, Ala. McGough. 
4-2. George William, b. in Columbia Co., Nov. 12, 1835, res. 1873, 

Bullock Co., Ala. ; m. 
Dr. Dawson m. 2d, July 26, 1843, ^- Hardwick^ who was 
b. Sept. II, 1821, and d. Dec. 20, 1847, leaving one child: 
4-3. Henry H., b. in Columbia Co., Ga., April 27, 1844, res. 1873, 

Glenville, Ala. ; m. 
Dr. Dawson m. 3d, Sept. 26, 1849, -^""'^ Snider, who was b. 
Sept. 18, 1827, dau. of Hon. Benj. and Margaret T. Snider, of 
Savannah. She res. 1873, at Glenville. Two children : 
4-4. Annie Tommie, b. in Ala., July 21, 1850, res. 1873, Glenville. 

4-5. Susie Snider, b. in Ala., April 28, 1852, res. 1873, Glenville. 


3-4. John Rogers Dawson, b. in Greensboro, Ga., Dec. 
20, 1810, became a prominent merchant of Columbus, and one 

■ " In all the social relations of life, Dr. Dawson was a model gentleman. So 
kind, considerate and tender, so patient, forbearing and magnanimous, a peace maker 
in society, an active leader in the church. In his family his presence was sunshine. 
His household worship morning and evening incense. His piety grew with his years, 
ripened, mellowed. The last day of his life was bright, beautiful and blest. Diligent 
in his business, fervent in spirit, happy in the love of God and the hope of heaven, 
he ministered to the sick and dying, led a prayer meeting, returned home, lay down 
to rest and sleep, and woke in heaven." — Bishop Pierce. 

382 The 'Dawson Family. 

of its most wealthy and influential citizens. He m. in Columbus, 
March 24, 1836, Jane Amoret 7ow?zj, and d. in same place, 
Oct. 29, 1852. They had five children : 
4-6. Henry Rogers, b. July 26, 1837, m. Jan. 7, 1867, Mary Ellen 

Cozuan, res. 1873, Union Springs, Ala. 
4-7. D. Towns, b. July 14, 1839. 
4-8. Mary Ella, b. July 8, 184I, m. June 15, 1867, J. C. Clapp, d. 

Nov. 22, 1871, leaving two children. 
4-9. John Fountaine, b. July 22, 1843, m. Nov. 13, 1866, Miildenetta 

Cowan, res. 1873, tJnion Springs, Ala. 
4-10. Amoret Towns, b. April 15, 1849, m. June 21, 1870, Wm. C. 


3-7. Reuben Josiah Dawson, b. in Greene Co., Ga., 
April 21, 1816, became early a student of law, but abandoned 
the profession on account of ill health. He was a soldier in 
the Creek war of 1836, and has been somewhat prominent in 
political life in his locality, having held various minor public 
offices. Prior to the late war he was engaged in business as a 
cotton commission merchant at Augusta, Ga., and as a planter 
both in Alabama and Georgia. By the war he lost the principal 
part of his estate. He res. 1873, at Greensboro, in his native 
county. He m. Feb. 18, 1841, Mrs. Elizabeth Janes who 
wash, in Wilkes county, Ga., 1815, dau. of John H. and Mary 
Gresham. They have had seven children : 
4-1 1. John Thomas, b. in Taliaferro Co., Ga., Dec. 10, 1841, res. 

1873, Greensboro ; m. 
4-12. Susan Lurena, b. in Greene Co., Ga., Nov. 23, 1843, d. in 

Greensboro, Feb. 13, 1861. 
4-13. Emma Hazeltine, b. in Greene Co., June 11, 1845, d. at Glen- 

ville, Ala., 1870. Henderson. 
4-14. James Henry Threewits, b. in Greene Co., Oct. 22, 1848, res. 

1873, Atlanta, Ga. 
4-15. Henrietta Wingfield, b. in Greene Co., Nov. 30, 1850, d. Oct. 

16, 1851. 
4-16. William Crosby, b. in Greensboro, May 6, 1855, res. 1873, 

f-17. Elizabeth Gresham, b. in Greensboro, March 21, 1857, res. 

3-8. William Curran Dawson, b. in Greene county, 
Ga., Sept. 17, 1818, served in the Creek war of 1836, repre- 
sented Russell county in the Alabama state legislature, 1855, 
merchant and planter, at Glenville, Ala., 1873, ■^- Martha M. 

The Dawson Family. 383 

Colbert, dau. of Capt. John Colbert, of Morgan Co., and has 

four children : 

4-18. Anna, m. John Tyler Howard, of Ala. 

4-19. Susan, m. Crawford Griffiths, of Ala. 

4-20. Florence. 

4-2 1. Colbert. 

3-29. Henrietta IVingfield Dawson (dau. of Hon. Wm. C, 
2-8), m. 1849, Joseph B. Hill, and res. 1873, Columbus, Ga. 
Four children living : 
4-22. William Dawson. 
4-23. Joseph B. 
4-24. Emma S. 
4-25. Lucy T. 

3-30. Edgar Gilmer Dawson (son of Hon. Wm. C, 
2-8), lawyer, served as major of the Terrell Light Artillery, 
Confederate army, m. 1856, Lucy F. Terrell, only dau. of Dr. 
William Terrell, of Sparta, Ga.' They res. 1873, in Balti- 
more, Md., and have had four children : 
4-26. William Terrell. 
4-27. Louise. 
4-28. Joseph Hill 
4-29. Edgar Rhodes. 

3-31. Emma Caledonia Dawson (dau. of Hon. Wm. C, 
2-8), m. 1854, Edward W. Seabrook, of .S C, nephew of 
Gov. Seabrook, of that state. Res. 1873, '" South Carolina. 
Four children : 
4-30. Henrietta Hill. 
4-31. Edgar Dawson. 
4-32. Marion. 
4-33. Henry. 

3-32. LuciEN WiNGFiELD Dawson (son of Hon. Wm, 
C, 2-8), Passed Midshipman U. S. N., m. 1856, Eliza Carey 
Dent, dau. of George Dent, Esq., of Athens, Ga. He d. 1865, 
leaving two daughters : 
4-34. Frances Henrietta. 
4-35. Emma. 

4-1. Mary E. Dawson, b. in Columbia Co., Ga., Sept. 8, 
1831 (dau. of Dr. Thomas H., 3-3), m. July 27, 1852, John 

' A distinguished agricultural writer, and formerly member of the U. S. Congress. 

384 T^he Dawson Family. 

McGouGH, who was b. in Monroe Co., Ga., Sept. 15, 1812, 
son of Robert and S. C. McGough. They res. 1873, in Glen- 
ville, Ala. Eight children : 

5-1. Annie Blair, b. in Columbus, Ga., Dec. 19, 1854, m. May 8, 
1873, Wm. C. Hart, b. Feb. 23, 1850, son of John and E. 
Hart. Res. Eufaula, Ala. 

5-2. Robert, b. in Columbus, Jan. 10, 1857. 

5-3. Thomas Dawson, b. in Columbus, July 1, 1859. 

5-4. Hugh Blair, b. in Columbus, Sept. 8, 1861. 

5-5. George Lafayette, twin ivith Hugh Blair. 

5-6. John L., b. in Barbour Co., Ala., Jan. 21, 1864. 

5-7. Mamie Elizabeth, b. in Barbour Co., Aug. 16, 1866. 

5-8. Susie Snider, b. in Glenville, Ala., July 20, 1869. 

4-2. George William Dawson, b. in Columbia Co., 
Ga., Nov. 12, 1835, m. in Columbus, Jan. 13, 1858, Annie 
Sankey, who was b. in Montgomery county, Ala., Nov. 19, 
1835, dau. of John T. and Margaret Sankey. They res. 
1873, at Perote P. O., Bullock Co., Ala. Five children: 

5-9. Elvie A., b. in Columbus, Ga., Jan. 27, 1856. 
5-10. Amoret, b. in Columbus, Nov. 9, 1858. 
5-11. George William, b. in Columbus, June 20, 1861. 
5-12. Annie Sankey, b. in Bullock Co., Ala., Feb. 14, 1864. 
5-13. Mattie Holt, b. in Bullock Co., Dec. 14, 1870. 

4-3. Henry H. Dawson, b. in Columbia Co., Ga., April 
27, 1844, m. Dec. 6, 1867, M\%s Monti eg Griffith. Res. 1873, 
Glenville, Ala. 

4-4. Annie Tommie Dawson., b. in Ala., July 21, 1850 (dau. 
of Dr. Thomas H., 3-3), m. April 28, 1868, Dr. William A. 
Mitchell, who was b. in Glenville, Ala., April 4, 1848, son 
of Col. A. C. and Mary E. Mitchell. They res. 1873, at 
Glenville. One child : 
5-14 Willie Annie, b. in Glenville, March 4, 1869. 

4-5. Susie Snider Dawson, b. in Alabama, April 28, 1852 
(dau of Dr. Thomas H., 3-3), m. Oct 23, 1873, A. C. 
Mitchell jun., youngest son of Col. A. C. and Mary E. 
Mitchell. Res. Glenville, Ala. 

The Dawson Family. 385 

4-11. John Thomas Dawson, b. in Taliaferro Co., Ga., 
Dec. 10, 1841, m. Sept. 20, 1865, Bessie Park, and res. 1873, 
Greensboro, Ga. Two children : 
5-15. John Park. 
5-16. Nannie Louise. 

4-13. Emma Hazeltine Dawson, b. in Greene Co., Ga., 
June II, 1845 (tlau. of Reuben J., 3-7), m. Joseph Hender- 
son, and d. at Glenville, Ala., 1870, leaving one child: 
5-17. Annie. 


Of Washington and Morgan Counties, Ga., i 802-11. 

From Mrs. A. P. Hill, of Atlanta, Ga., 1873, and otitrs, lie following : 

1. Major John Edmonds Dawson, b, in Virginia, 1775, 
m. near Petersburg, in that state, Jnnabella Burwell., a native 
of Dinwiddie county, daughter of John Burwell. They removed 
from Virginia to Georgia about 1802, and settled in Washing- 
ton county, near Oconee river. After a residence of some 
years in that county, during which he was its representative in 
the state legislature, they removed to a plantation on Little 
Indian creek, four miles from Madison, in Morgan county, 
Georgia, where he d. in 1 811, aged 36.' He was elected to 
the legislature in Morgan county two weeks before his death. 
He was the intimate friend of Governors Milledge and Irwin, a 
man of great popularity, a successful planter, wealthy and 
talented. His wife survived him. They had five children : 
2-1. Ann Burwell, d. in Wetumpka, Ala. Cook. 
2-z. John Edmonds, b. in Washington Co., Ga., March 7, 1805, d. in 

Tuskegee, Ala., Nov. 18, i860 ; m. 
2-3. Mary Frances, d. in La Grange, Ala. Cook. 
2-4. Armistead Burwell, d. in Mississippi, 1855 ; ot. 
2-5. Annabella Powell, b. 1810, res. 1873, Atlanta, Ga. Hill. 

2-1. yinna Burwell Dawson (dau. of Major John E.), m. 
Sidney Cook. She d. in Wetumpka, Ala., leaving six children : 
3-1. Algernon Marcus, physician, res. 1873, Butler Co., Ala. ; unm. 

3-2. Anna S., m. Ellsworth.'- 

3-3. Mary F., m. B. F. Noble, res. 1873, Montgomery, Ala.3 

' It is said that he was the eldest child and only son of his parents, and it is a 
tradition, for the fact is not stated positively, that his father was Henry Dawson son 
of an English emigrant. Major John E. Dawson had sisters, Mary and Rebecca. 
Mary m. Col. Richard Blount, of Va., and d. in Milledgeville, Ga., leaving one child, 
Mary Ann, who res. 1873, at Milledgeville, widow of the late Gen. John W. A. 
Sandford. Rebecca m. a Mr. Turner of Northampton county, Va., and d. there, 
leaving several children. 

' A daughter m. Randle. There were also two sons young and unm. 1873. 

3 A daughter m. Col. Tate, of London, England. There were also two daughters 
and two sons, unm. 1873. 

The Dawson Family. 387 

3-4. [Cook.] Moniinia, d. , m. Dr. J. T. Tichenor.i 

3-5. Barclay, m. Patty Blivilis, of Selma, Ala., d. soon after marriage. 
3-6. John, killed in battle of Chancellorsville, Va., May, 1863 ; urtm. 

2-2. Rev. John Edmonds Dawson was b. in Washington 
county, Ga., March 7, 1805, and spent several years of school 
life at the academy at Madison, in that state. He m. before 
attaining his majority, and shortly after, in 1827, himself and 
wife united " by experience " with the Indian Creek Baptist 
church, of the Ocmulgee district, Georgia. In his whole sub- 
sequent life he was active and earnest in whatever he deemed 
calculated " to promote the glory of God and the interests of 
the church." Following the business of a planter for some years 
after his union with the church, he was yet early engaged as its 
trusted and honored agent in various capacities, and was largely 
influential in shaping the affairs of the denomination in that new 
country. In 1834 he was licensed by a unanimous vote of his 
church " to exercise his gifts in preaching and exhortation," 
and in 1835 was formally "ordained and set apart to the work 
of the gospel ministry." He preached that year at Eatonton, 
and in the following January became pastor of the Baptist church 
at Columbus. The next year, 1837, he spent near his former 
residence in middle Georgia, as pastor of the churches at Indian 
Creek and Eatonton, with occasional service at Monroe, Mon- 
ticello and Forsyth. He resided at Eatonton from 1838 until 
1841, and had, in addition to the pastoral care of the church at 
that place, charge, during most of the time, of the church at 
Forsyth. In 1841 he removed to Madison, and opened a 
female school, the management of which he resigned the year 
following, upon his removal to La Grange, where he became 
principal of the Female Academy and pastor of the Baptist 
church. The work of teaching was irksome to him, " his whole 
heart being in the ministry," and after a short time arrangements 
were made that enabled him to devote his time entirely to his 
favorite work. In 1847 he resigned the ministry of the church 
at La Grange, and commenced his second pastorate in Columbus, 
in November of that year. In 1853, while still pastor of the 
Columbus church, he went on a mission to New Orleans, under 

■ President of the Agricultural College, Auburn, Ala. Two daughters, Mamie 
Bell and Kate, unm. 

388 The Dawson Family. 

an appointment from the Domestic Board of Missions, and during 
a residence of some months there organized the First Baptist 
church of New Orleans, and secured funds and matured plans 
for the erection of a fine house of worship. In 1856 want of 
health compelled his resignation of his pastoral care at Columbus, 
and thereafter, except by an occasional sermon, he did not engage 
in the work of the ministry. When, subsequently, health seemed 
partially restored, he accepted an agency to raise money for the 
endowment of a professorship in Mercer University, an insti- 
tution in whose welfare he always felt a deep interest. In 1858 
the degree of D.D. was conferred upon him by the University, 
and in 1859 he was tendered and accepted the editorial chair of 
the South JVestern Baptist, and, though then in confirmed con- 
sumption, he conducted that periodical with marked ability, 
writing " with great vigor, and versatility, showing a logical 
acumen above his ordinary pulpit efforts, and a power of analysis 
and discrimination quite remarkable, with a style luminous, 
tasteful and spirited." His brave and hopeful, but unavailing 
struggle with disease terminated in his death, which occurred at 
the house of his friend. Dr. Cullen Battle, in Tuskegee, Ala., 
Nov. 18, i860. His remains were removed to Columbus, for 
interment, where the church erected an elegant monument to his 

" Dr. Dawson was long one of the most influential of the 
Baptists of Georgia. He was possessed of talents of uncommon 
order, of an eloquence that carried all before it, of a zeal that 
consumed his own life, of a piety that was undoubted." .... 
" He had a delicate sense of honor, keen sensibilities, and quick, 
impetuous temper, combined with generous impulses, and a warm, 
sympathetic nature. He was a very fearless man, and was the 

embodiment of courage, both mental and physical 

Grace subdued him, and modified all his character He 

never studied oratory, he never tried to be an orator, he was an 
orator because he could not help it ; his eloquence was inborn ; 
he had only to rise in an assembly, and every eye was fixed on 
him ; he had only to speak, and that in the most artless and 
effortless manner, and every ear was attentive." ' 

' Extracts from estimates of his cliaracter and services, quoted in The Life and Sir- 
vices 0/ Rev. John E. Daiuson, D.D., by his sister, Mrs. A. P. Hill, Atlanta, Ga., 
1872; an admirable biography of a great and good man. 

The Dawson Family. 389 

Dr. Dawson tn. ist, Dec. 15, 1825, Eli%a Walker^ only 
daughter of Mr. John M. Walker, of Morgan county, Ga. 
She d. April 12, 1834, leaving four children : 

3-7. John W.i 

3-8. Georgia, m. William Fannin, awd d. a widow, Dec. 3, 

3-9. Annabella, m. Henry Holcomb Bacon.-'' 
3-10. Alexander A., res. 1873, at Atlanta, Ga.* 

Dr. Dawson m. 2d, about 1835, Mary Sanford who survived 
him less than a year. She d. at Columbus, Ga. ; had no issue. 

2-3. Mary Frances Dawson (daughter of Major John E.), 
m. Col. Henry H. Cook, and d. at La Grange, Troup county, 
Ga., leaving two children : 

3-1 1. Cordelia, m. Col. Augustus Fannin, of Tuskegee, Ala.'^ 
3-1 2. Mary McKennie, m. Hargrove, of Montgomery, Ala.* 

2-4. Hon. Armistead Burwell Dawson (son of Major 
John E.), a lawyer, was president, in 1850, of the Harper 
county, Georgia, Bible Society, auxiliary to the American 
Bible Society. He removed to the state of Mississippi, and 
became a judge of the Superior Court of that state, where he d. 
1855. f^^ ni- Mary Ann 'Jordan. Two unm. daughters survive : 
3—1 3. Sarah. 
3-14. Adelaide. 

2-5. Annabella Powell Dawson^ b. in Georgia, 1 8 10 (dau. 
of Major John E.), m. 1827, Hon. Edward Young Hill, 
who was b. in Abbeville district, S. C, Jan. 10, 1805. He 
graduated at Franklin College, Georgia, in 1824, studied law 
and was admitted to the bar in Monticello, Ga., became solicitor 
general of the Ocmulgee circuit, was at different times represent- 
ative and senator from the county of Jasper in the state legisla- 
ture, and was afterwards judge of the circuit of which he had 
previously been solicitor. While still residing at Monticello, he 
was elected judge of the Coweta circuit, and removed at once 

■ Twice married ; no account of his family received. 
' A son and daughter survive, both unm. 

3 Now a widow. Her eldest daughter m. Charles Collins, of Albany, Ga. She 
has, also, four daughters and one son, anm. 

•I Provision merchant. Six children, all young and unm. 

s Three sons and two daughters living. 

^ Eldest daughter, Cordelia, m. Gibson. Three other children, unm. 

390 The Dawson Family. 

to La Grange, where he was twice reelected to the same office, 
which he filled with signal ability until the autumn of 1853, 
when he voluntarily retired from the bench, and resumed the 
practice of his profession. He was candidate of the Whig 
party for governor of Georgia in 1869, and, although defeated, 
bore himself gallantly in the contest and received all the sup- 
port which the state of politics in Georgia at that time would 
enable the most popular leader of his party to command. As 
a judge he was eminently distinguished for a prompt and clear 
perception of all the points in a case, and for the ease, grace and 
vigor with which he separated, arranged and combined them. 
In the moral attributes of a good magistrate he was no less 
eminent than in the intellectual. Scrupulously honest, he guarded 
incessantly against the inroads of passion and prejudice, and held 
the scales of justice with an even hand." To do right was his con- 
stant aim. In private life he was noted for his kindness of 
heart, amiability of temper, urbanity of manner, and generous 
hospitality. While addressing a meeting of his fellow citizens 
at La Grange, he was stricken with paralysis, and from that 
time he declined rapidly until his death, a few days later, Nov. 
20, i860. ' Mrs. Hill res. 1873, at Atlanta, where she is prin- 
cipal of the Orphan School. She is the author of an admirable 
" Life" of her brother, the Rev. Dr. John E. Dawson, and of 
other works. They had eleven children : 
3-15. Elizabeth Scott, d. in infancy. 
3—16. Catharine, d. in infancy. 
3-17. Indiana, d. aged 4 years. 
3-18. Jarrett Jordan, d. in infancy. 
3-19. Mary Louisa, d. in infancy. 
3-20. Edward Young, b. in Monticello, Ga., March 31, 1833, killed at 

the battle of Gaines' Mills, Va., June 27, 1862. See forward. 
3-21. John Dawson, b. in Monticello, 1839, killed at the battle of 

Sharpsburg (Antictam), Sept. 17, 1862. See forward. 
3-22. Beatrice H., m. 1st, Hunter Chapman Pope, who d. 1864 ; 2d, 

1871, Col. Alexander Pope, of Marshall, Texas, a prominent 

lawyer, who d. July 18, 1872 ; res. 1873, a widow at Atlanta, 

Ga. ; one dau. unrn. 
3-23. Mary R., m. Walker; d. in Birmingham, Ala., July 26, 

1873, leaving five children. 
3-24. Charles Montgomery, physiciaui res. 1873, Adanta ; unm. 
3-25. Annabella Martha, d. unm. 

^ From a report and resolution adopted by the Bar of Troup Superior Court, Nov. 

The Dawson Family. 391 

3-20. Capt. Edward Young Hill, b. in Monticello, Ga., 
March 31, 1833, at the age of twelve removed with his parents 
to La Grange, where he received a liberal education, and de- 
veloped, early in life, fine literary tastes, and a strong inclination 
towards literary pursuits. He undertook the editorship of the 
La Grange Reporter., in which capacity he displayed excellent 
talent. Relinquishing his editorial connection for the purpose 
of devoting himself to the law, he removed to Marengo county, 
Ala., and while there contributed to the Reporter in prose and 
verse.' At the outbreak of the civil war he espoused the cause 
of the South, entered the Confederate army, and was killed in 
the battle of Gaines' Mills (Coal Harbor), June 27, 1862, at 
the time being a captain in the 9th Ala. Regt. He lost his life 
at the head of his company. He m. in Alabama, Maggie Bap- 
tist., formerly of Virginia, who survived him but a short time. 
They had no issue. 

3-21. John Dawson Hill, was b. in Monticello, Ga., in 
1839. His parents removed to La Grange in 1845, where he 
received the ground work of his education. In 1855 he entered 
the military school at Marietta, where he remained three years, 
maintaining a very high grade of scholarship. At the inaugura- 
tion of the civil war he was pursuing his chosen profession, 
civil engineering, but a short time after, he joined the Evans 
Guards, just organized in Troup county, and was elected second 
lieutenant. In the formation of the Regiment he was appointed 
adjutant of the 13th Georgia, with which he served through the 
winter of 186 1-2 in Western Virginia. In the spring he was 

' One of his best poems is entitled Georgia. It was first publislied in the Reporter, 
but has been extensively reproduced by the press of the country. It is a fitting tribute 
to a noble state : 

I. " Fair Georgia ! how my full heart swells 
As that proud name salutes mine cars : 

How proud thy destiny appears ! 
Although no more among thy hills. 

Thy wandering son a home may claim. 
My lyre in boldest measure thrills. 

Whene'er I breathe thy glorious name. 
VIII. " Great Empire of the sunny South, 

Thy wanderer greets thee from afar. 
Thy praise is ever in my mouth, 

Upon our flag thou brightest star I 
May thy June rays beam ever bright, 

Thus will 1 pray where'er I roam. 
May no fell discord quench thy light. 

Land of my birth — my youth's loved home ! " 

392 The Dawson Family. 

recalled to Georgia (Savannah) for state defense, and in June, 
1862, was again ordered to Virginia, where he participated in 
the battle of Gaines' Mills (in which his brother, captain E. Y. 
Hill, lost his life), and in the second battle of Manassas. At 
Sharpsburg (Antietam) the command, by the death of Colonel 
Douglass, devolved on him, acting as adjutant general of the 
Brigade. Here he also fell, and was left breathing his last in 
the hands of the Union soldiery. His life had been a pure and 
upright one, and his death was that of a Christian. In his last 
communication to his friends at home, the concluding sentence, 
after referring to the prospect of hard fighting, was as follows : 
" I do not know that I shall again escape, but if I fall, I have 
a good hope of a blessed immortality through the shed blood of 
our Redeemer." In gentleness, refinement, and social and 
Christian virtues, there were indeed few to rival him.' He 
never married. 

Notes. I. Thomas H. Dawson, Esq., a lawyer, residing at Vienna, 
Dooly county, Ga., communicated in Sept., 1854, the following account 
of his family, since which time no communication has been had from 
him, nor has other trace of the particular branch of the family which he 
mentions been found. The material parts of his letter are here quoted : 

" Your favor would have been sooner answered, but for professional 
engagements, and want of dme to thinic over the matter. I fear, however, 
I shall be able to enlighten you but little on the subject enquired about. 
I have been away from my family for a long time, and all I know with 
regard to it I received from my grandfather when 1 was quite a boy. 
Such, however, as it is, I cheerfully give it. 

" My grandfather, Richard Dawson, was a native of South Carolina. 
He informed me that hh grandfather, Joseph Dawson — I think that was 
the name — was born in Ireland, married an English lady, and had two 
sons who emigrated to America. One of them, I think named Thomas 
Dawson [see note II. below], settled in South Carolina, and was my 
great-grandfather. He is said to have come to this country while quite 
young, about the year 1750, or later. His brother, whose name I have 
forgotten, settled in North Carolina or Virginia. The elder Dawson 
was said to be a near relative of Lord Percy." 

II. Thomas Dawson was granted a lot of land in Savannah, June 2, 
1742, and another, Dec. 28, 1742, by the Court of President and Assist- 

' Condensed from a sketch of his life and character, by Mrs. Sarah Ferrel. 

The Dawson Family. 393 

ants. — See Historical Collection! of Georgia, -pp. 32, 33. He was one 
of many residents of Georgia, who, in 1741, signed a complaint in re- 
gard to the Colonial government. — Georgia Historical Society's Co/lections, 
vol. 2, p. 186. Soon after the fall of Charleston, in 1780, and when 
disaflection to the Whig cause was general, two hundred and ten persons, 
who styled themselves "principal inhabitants" of the city, signed an ad- 
dress to Sir Henry Clinton in which they stated that they had every 
inducement to return to their allegiance, and ardently hoped to be re- 
admitted to the character and condition of British subjects. Thomas 
Dawson of Charleston, was one of the signers of this address. — Sabine's 
Loyalists, pp. 80, 243. 

III. A Mrs. Dawson had died in Richmond county, Ga. (in or near 
Augusta), prior to 1855, aged over 91. See " instances of longevity" 
mentioned in Historical Collections 0/ Georgia, p. 597. 


1. John Dawson, b. Feb. 14, 1769, son of a merchant of 
Horncastle, Lincolnshire, Eng., emigrated to America about 
1798, living first in New York. He visited New Orleans for 
purposes of trade and returned to New York in 1799, and in 
the fail of the same year to England. He had previously 
shipped goods to America (woolens, calicoes, etc.), sending home 
the products of the country. While in London (1799), he 
forwarded small consignments to New York and Charleston, 
and in the spring of 1800 he sailed to Nassau, W. Indies, 
taking with him goods to the value of £16,000 sterling, the 
joint venture of a friend in London and himself. He went 
thence the same year to New Orleans, where he settled per- 
manently as a merchant, and d. in 1816. He m. abt. 1810, 
Mary Beaulieu, a native of New Orleans, of French descent. 
She is still living (1873). They had two children : 

2-1. John, b. Aug., 1811, res. 1873, in New Orleans ; m. 
2-2. Matilda, b. 1813, d. abt. 1826 ; unm. 

2-1. John Dawson, b. in New Orleans, Aug., 181 1, many 
years a respected merchant of that city, m. 1835, Mary Eliza- 
beth Martin^ a native of New Orleans, where they reside, 1873. 
They have eight children living, all unm : 

3-1. Louisa Matilda, res. New Orleans. 

3-2. John, merchant, res. New Orleans. 

3-3. Joseph Alfred, a well known musical artist. 

3-4. Laura. 

3-5. Alice. 

3-6. Amelia. 

3-7. Eliza. 

3-8. Edward. 

Gen. John B. Dawson, b. at Nashville, Tenn., 1800, was 
a representative in Congress from Louisiana from 1841, to the 

The Dawson Family. 395 

time of his death, which occurred at St. Francisville, La., June 
26, 1845. — Lanman's Dictionary of Congress. See North 
Carolina Records, p. 338. 

John Dawson, Alexandria, Rapides parish, Thomas Daw- 
son, Jackson, East Feliciana parish, and Toumes Dawson, 
Lisbon, Claiborne parish, were planters in La., 1870. 

For a branch of the family, now of Louisiana, see South 
Carolina Records, family of Rev. Thomas Dawson, of Pendle- 
ton, p. 362. 



Of Greene County, O., 1830-1870. 

From Dr. W. W. Dawim, and Mn. John F. Folkii, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and others,ihi 

folloiuing : 

1. John Dawson, was b. in Pittsburg, Pa., in 1782. The 
names of his parents are not known, but he is believed to have 
been a descendant of George Dawson, who emigrated from 
Maryland to Pennsylvania about 1770 — if so, probably a son of 
his son Henry.' He m. at Hagerstown, Md., Nancy Hays, 
whose father was of Irish birth. They removed early to Vir- 
ginia, and settled at Darkesville (now in Berkeley county, W. 
Va.), where he engaged in the tanning business, which was his 
trade. He is said to have been a man of high moral character, 
" strong in sense, integrity and determination." About 1830 he 
removed with his family to Greene county, Ohio, and settled at 
Jamestown, where he d. in April, 1870, aged 88.^ His wife was 
born in Maryland, and d. in Ohio, 1866, aged 83. They had 
eleven children, most of whom were b. in Virginia : 
z-i. Henry, d. young. 
2-z. Samuel, d. young. 
2-3. Salanie, res. a wid. in Boone Co., Iowa. Evans. 

' See pp. 231 and 232. One correspondent believes, but is not sure, that the father 
of John Dawson, above named, was named Harry. Henry, son of George, above re- 
ferred to, may have been familiarly so called. The following is an extract from a 
letter from Capt. Henry C. Dawson, of Lynchburg, Ohio (see p. 239, 5-15), received 
with the printers' proofe of the foregoing lines of this note and of the above record. 
" Nicholas Dawson, my gr. father, was an Indian fighter. He was with Crawford, 
and I think with Harmer and Wayne, and was in the Revolutionary army zciih his 
brother Henry, gr. father of Dr. W. IV. Dawson " (of Cincinnati, 2-II above). For 
Nicholas Dawson's record in this work, see p. 233, 3-2. 

^ He had a brother James, a stone cutter by trade, who lived in Pittsburg, Pa., 
and d. some years ago at an advanced age. 

^ ^V , <^<DcA l^^/o^^_ . /C.c^, 

The Dawson Family. 397 

2-4. John, b. in Uagcrstown, Md,, 1810, d. ai Columbus, O., Sept. 

5, iS66; m. 
2-5. Kliiabceh, res. 1 873, Marietta, Iowa. Hixson. 
2-6. Ann, rl, in Jamestown; Ohio. Jenkins. 
2-7. James R., res. Bellbrook, Ohio ; m. 
2-8. Mary Payne, d. in Jamestown, Ohio. Syfers. 
2-9. George Keller, farmer, Rondo, Polk Co., Mo. ; fourteen years of 

his life were spent on the Pacific coast, in California, Oregon and 

British Columbia ; unm. 
2-10. Harriet, res Jamestown, Ohio. Adams. 
2-11. William W., res. 1873, Cincinnati, Ohio; m. 

2-3. Salanie Dawson (daughter of John, i), m. i.i Virginia, 
Isaac Evans. They removed to Ohio with her father about 
1830, and for a number of years lived in Greene county. 
About 1851 they moved to Marshall county, Iowa. She now 
res. a widow, in Boone Co., lown. Fleven rhildro-i- 
3-1. John D., res. New W.sii 
3-2. Henry W., m. Miss 7'. 
3-3. Isaac U., m. Miss Glm-. 
3-4. Samuel, m. Miss Ingledue, \ . 
3-5. Dr. Edward H., m. M\ss /hn.'r' 
^-6. Mary A., m. Isaac Ringland, : 

3-^ '■ i , ■. D., m. Miss Shewalter, res. Sair Francisco, Cal. ; z chiiurtn. 
3-S. N. ill "1 Miss Anson, res. Boone Cq., Iowa. 
3-9. Oiivc; " '^'pstminster, British Columbia ; unm. 

3-10. WesU ' ... Iowa; unm. 

3-1 1. Rufus li -.iiiisttr, British Columbia ; unm. 

2-4. Dr. John Dawson was b. in Hagerstown, Md., i8io, 
but removed early with his parents to Darkesville, Va., (now 
in Berkeley Co., W. Va,), where he grew to manhood. About 
1830 he removed with his father to Greene county, Ohio, and 
located at Jamestown, where he commenced the study of 
medicine, having for his preceptor. Dr. M. Winans, one of the 
leading physicians of the county, a good scholar, of large medical 
experience, and peculiarly qualified to be the guide and counselor 
of a young student. 

Before elite- ■"' ■■■ ■ ■ K, ,„.,,...,.„ I^. [):,.,v- 

son attendt.: ; in il 

College, but ■ i , ;iy 

the Medical Dcp-;: . , ky., in 

consequence of coil! : Journal 

C^ccu^^J^-^ ^^.^ 

<^ CscJOC 

The Dawson Family. 397 

2-4. John, b. in Hagerstown, Md., l8lo, d. at Columbus, O., Sept. 

5, 1866; m. 
2-5. Elizabeth, res. 1873, Marietta, Iowa. Hixson. 
2-6. Ann, d. in Jamestown; Ohio. Jenkins. 
2-7. James R., res. Bellbrook, Ohio; m. 
2-8. Mary Payne, d. in Jamestown, Ohio. Syfers. 
2-9. George Keller, farmer. Rondo, Polk Co., Mo. ; fourteen years of 

his life were spent on the Pacific coast, in California, Oregon and 

British Columbia ; iinm. 
2-10. Harriet, res Jamestown, Ohio. Adams. 
2-11. William W., res. 1873, Cincinnati, Ohio; m. 

2-3. Salanie Dawson (daughter of John, i), m. in Virginia, 
Isaac Evans, They removed to Ohio with her father about 
1830, and for a number of years lived in Greene county. 
About 1 85 1 they moved to Marshall county, lowra. She now 
res. a widow, in Boone Co., Iowa. Eleven children: 
3-1. John D., res. New Westminster, British Columbia ; unm. 
3-2. Henry W., m. Miss Torbit, res. Salt Lake, Utah ; 3 children. 
3-3. Isaac U., m. Miss Glass, res. Jamestown, O. ; 4 children. 
3-4. Samuel, m. Miss Ingledue, res. Marshalltown, Iowa ; 5 children. 
3-5. Dr. Edward H., m. Miss Hanky, res. Jamestown, O. ; one child. 
3-6. Mary A., m. Isaac Ringland, res. Malvern, Mills Co., Iowa ; 3 

3-7. James D., m. Miss Shewalter, res. San Francisco, Cal. ; 2 children. 
3-8. Noah H., m. Miss Anson, res. Boone Co., Iowa. 
3-9. Oliver H., res. New Westminster, British Columbia ; unm. 
3-10. Wesley T., res. Boone Co., Iowa; unm. 
3-11. Rufus H., res. New Westminster, British Columbia ; unm. 

2-4. Dr. John Dawson was b. in Hagerstown, Md., 18 10, 
but removed early with his parents to Darkesville, Va., (now 
in Berkeley Co., W. Va.), where he grew to manhood. About 
1830 he removed with his father to Greene county, Ohio, and 
located at Jamestown, where he commenced the study of 
medicine, having for his preceptor. Dr. M. Winans, one of the 
leading physicians of the county, a good scholar, of large medical 
experience, and peculiarly qualified to be the guide and counselor 
of a young student. 

Before entering upon the practice of his profession. Dr. Daw- 
son attended a course of lectures at the Cincinnati Medical 
College, but his degree of Doctor of Medicine was conferred by 
the Medical Department of the University of Louisville, Ky., in 
consequence of contributions from his pen to the Western 'Journal 

39^ The Dawson Family. 

of Medicine^ and Surgery, published in Louisville. He com- 
menced practice as the associate of his former preceptor, Dr. 
Winans (his father-in-law), at Jamestown, and pursued his pro- 
fession through life with a devotion which insured success, and 
was rewarded by public confidence and private attachments. 
He was peculiarly a self made man. Though absorbed in a 
large and laborious country practice he found time to contrib- 
ute many valuable papers to the medical journals of his day, 
and was soon recognized as a writer of decided force and ability. 
In 1 85 1 he removed with his family to Columbus, Ohio, 
where he took high rank in his profession. At the solicitation 
of the trustees of the Starling Medical College (Columbus), he ac- 
cepted the professorship of Anatomy and Physiology in that insti- 
tution, which he continued to hold to the time of his death. As 
a lecturer he was exceedingly instructive and popular. For 
many years Dr. Dawson was sole editor and proprietor of the 
Ohio Medical and Surgical "Journal, in connection with which he 
acquired an extended reputation as a perspicuous and able writer 
on professional topics. As a reviewer he was brought into cor- 
respondence with many of the most distinguished medical 
writers of England and America, by whom, it is said, he was 
regarded as one of the finest medical critics of his age. He 
wrote, also, on questions of scientific and political interest, evinc- 
ing a remarkable fertility of mind and breadth of observation. 
An article from his pen, entitled " The Commingling of the 
Races," in which he argued, from a scientific standpoint, that the 
negro race was incapable of a spontaneous civilization, was es- 
sentially inferior to the white race and incapable of equal eleva- 
tion, attracted much attention and made him favorably known to 
a large circle of readers outside of his profession. At the time 
of his death, which occurred Sept. 5, 1866, Dr. Dawson had 
in contemplation a work on anatomy, which he intended should 
be the crowning labor of his busy life, but his mind and body 
had been taxed to the utmost, and he passed away while yet in 
the strength of manhood, after a brilliant career of professional 
and literary reputation and personal honor. He m. Adelia 
Winans, dau. of Dr. M. Winans, above named. They had eight 
children : 

3-12. Samuel, d. young. 
3-13. Frances Mary, res. 1873, Cincinnati, Ohio. Follett. 

The Dawson Family. 399 

3-14. Clementine, m. Lucas Suluvant, res. Kanzas city. Mo. 

3-15. Anna, d. aged i6. 

3-16. James William, physician, d. in Texas, aged 23. 

3-17. Joshua Martin, a student, 1873, in Washington and Lee College, 

Lexington Va. 
3-18. Minnie, ) twins, now in Europe, under the care of their mother, 
3-19. Nellie, j attending school. 

2-5. Elizabeth Dawson (daughter of John, i), m. in James- 
town, Ohio, Dr. O. F. Hixson, and about 1851 removed to 
Marietta, Marshall Co., Iowa, where they now reside (1873). 
They have nine children : 
3-20. Newton L., m. Miss Nichols, res. Albion, Marshall Co., Iowa ; 4 

3-21. John S., m. Miss Rosseau, res. Albion; 3 children. 
3-22. Ann Maria, m. James L. Ingledue, res. Marshalltown, Marshall 

Co., Iowa ; 2 children. 
3-23. Mary, m. Brooks Caldwell, res. Marshalltown ; 3 children. 
3-24. Erasmus C, m. Miss Ivans, res. Marshalltown ; no children. 
3-25. Harriet A., m. Alvert A. Thomas, res. Lyons, Burt Co,, Neb. ; 

one child. 
3-26. Salanie Evans, m. Samuel J. Cope, res. Missouri Valley, Iowa ; 

one child. 
3-27. George J., m. Miss Allison, res. Marietta, Iowa ; one child. 
3-28. Ahce C, res. Missouri Valley, Iowa ; unm. 

2-6. jinn Dawson (dau. of John, i), m. J. H. Jenkins, a 
merchant of Jamestown, Ohio, where she d. a few years after 
marriage, leaving four children : 
3-29. Mary, d. 
3-30. Harriet, d. 
3-31. William, d. 
3-32. George K., merchant, m. Miss Power, res. Kinmundy, 111. : 2 chn. 

2-7. Dr. James R. Dawson, studied medicine in Jamestown, 
Ohio, and received his degree in Cincinnati, Ohio. He m. 
Ellen Barnett. They res. 1873, '" Bellbrook, Ohio, and have 
two children : 
3-33. Kate, tinm. 
3-34. Samuel, unm. 

2-8. Mary Payne Dawson (dau. of John, i), m. L. L. 
Syfers, a merchant of Jamestown, Ohio, where she d. a few 
years after marriage. They had two children : 

3-35. A dau. d. young. , 

3-36. Rufus K., res. Terre Haute, Ind. ; //;. 

400 The Dawson Family. 

2-10. Harriet Dawson (dau. of John, i), m. in 1840, John 
Adams. They res. 1873, in Jamestown, Ohio, and have two 
children : 

3-37 Sarah Amanda. 
3-38. Anna. Stewart. 

2-11. Dr. William W. Dawson, studied medicine in 
Jamestown, Ohio, and received his degree from the medical 
college of Ohio, in which he soon after became Professor of 
Anatomy. Resigning this position, he lectured for a time upon 
clinical surgery in the Cincinnati Hospital. In 1871 he was 
elected Professor of Surgery in the Medical College of Ohio, and 
surgeon to the Good Samaritan Hospital at Cincinnati. In 1869 
he was elected President of the Cincinnati Academy of Medicine, 
and in 1871, President of the Ohio Medical Society. He has 
been a large contributor to medical journals, and is an industrious 
collector of medical and surgical statistics, frequently giving to 
the profession in pamphlet form, or otherwise, the valuable results 
of his labors. In the midst of an extensive practice he is an un- 
wearied student. As a surgeon, Dr. Dawson is reputed among 
the most eminent of the profession in this country. He m. in 
Ohio, Margaret Yates Hand, dau. of Dr. James Hand, of Hills- 
boro, and grand dau. of Gen. Edward Hand, a distinguished 
officer of the Revolutionary army.' They have no children. 
Res. 1873, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

3-13. Frances Mary Dawson (daughter of John, 2-4), m. 
Hon. John F. Follett, a distinguished lawyer of Cincinnati, 
where they reside, 1873. Mr. Follett was in 1868 speaker of 
the Ohio House of Representatives. They have two children : 
' 4-1. John Dawson. 
4—2- W. W. Dawson (a dau.^. 

3-36 RuFus King Syfers, wholesale grocer, m. Adelia 
Harper. They res. in Terre Haute, Ind., and have one child : 
4-3. Mary. 

' Gen. Hand, born 1744, was a native of Leicester province, Ireland. He was 
Col. of a Pa. Reg't of riflemen, and participated in the battles of Long Island and 
Trenton, 1776, was commissioned brigadier general in 1777, and was a member of 
the court of inquiry concerning Andre, at Tappan, Sept., 1780. After the war he 
was much engaged in civil affairs of trust, and his name is attached to the Pennsyl- 
vania constitution, of 1790. He d. in 1803, greatly esteemed. 



^iQS^BrZ^^ '7/1 J, 

400 'The Dawson Family. 

2-10. Harriet Dawson (dau. of John, i), m. in 1840, John 
Adams, They res. 1873, '" Jamestown, Ohio, and have two 
children : 

3-37 Sarah Amanda. 
3-38. Anna. Stewart. 

2-11. Dr. William W. Dawson, studied medicine in 

Jamrv;i,.u!i OV>i,^ :.nd received his degree from the medical 

rich he soon after became Professor of 

'iis position, he lectured for a time upon 

In 187 1 he was 

ilege of Ohio, and 

••• fn 1869 


bctfi A iargc Cijiiiiilmi..: 'i'. 

collector of medical ail :■ 

the pro fe;' iL'ic it-suits' 

of his la; he is an un- 

weaiie r uted among 

:' Ml.^ cuuittry. He m. in 

I )r. James Hand, of HiUs- 

' ii.n. ^award Hand, a distinguished 

mary army.' They have no children. 


3-13. Franca Mary Dawson (daughter of John, 2-4), m. 
Hon. John F. Follett, a distinguished lawyer of Cincinnati, 
where they reside, 1873. ^'■- Fo"ett was in 1868 speaker of 
the Ohio House of Representatives. They have two children : 
4-1. John Dawson. 
4-z. W. W. Dawson (a dau.'). 

3-36 RuFUs King Syfers, wholesale grpcer, m. Adella 
Harper. They res. in Terre Haute, Ind., and have one child : 

4-3. Mary. 

' Gen. Hand, born 1 744, was a native of Leicester province, Ireland. He was 
Col. of a Pa. Reg't of riflemen, and participated in the battles of Long Island and 
Trenton, 1776, was commissioned brigadier general in 1777, and was a member of 
'lie court of inquiry concerning Andre, at Tappan, Sept., 1780. After the war he 
was much engaged in civil afiairs of trust, and liis name is attached to the Pennsyl- 
n, ofj790. He d. in 1803, greatly esteemed. 

^lBS;B^.^..r. 7/1 J, 


Of Cincinnati, O., 1819-1844. 

1, Moses Dawson was b. June 9, 1768, in or near the city 
of Belfast, county Antrim, Ireland. According to one account 
he was a native of Carrickfergus, a small port on Belfast Lough, 
which is in the same county. He received his education, which 
appears to have been liberal, in Belfast, and spent his boyhood 
in that city. His ancestors were English, or of English descent ; 
his great grandfather, whose name was William Dawson, a 
native of Lancashire, England, having removed into county 
Antrim about the close of the seventeenth century.' Moses 
Dawson served an apprenticeship to the business of his father, 
also named Moses Dawson, who was a linen draper ; and he 
subsequently followed the same trade, in partnership with a 
brother, until the destruction of their establishment by fire. In 
his boyhood and youth, an intense feeling of hatred of British 
domination pervading Ireland, was organized and widely extended 
the society of United Irishmen, a secret social and political 
organization, having for its central object the independence of 
Ireland. Of this society he was an active and zealous member, 
and for his participation in it he was twice (in 1793 and 1795), 
arrested on the charge of seditious conduct, and imprisoned, 
barely escaping the fate of associates who were convicted and 
hanged as traitors and rebels. After his acquittal Mr. Dawson 
remained twenty years in Ireland, and resumed in part his old 
business, but he remained a warm Irish politician. He opposed 

■ He m at Lisburn, in county Antrim, a lady named Carson, and had sons named 
Robert, Samuel, William and Moses. Moses m. at Belfast a lady named Taylor, 
daughter of Andrew Taylor, of Belfast, and sister of Jesse Taylor, who came to 
America in 1799, and settled in Alexandria, Va. These were the parents of Moses 
Dawson, the emigrant, who is said to have had three brohers who also came to 
America. One of these was Washington Dawson, who emigrated to Philadelphia, 
where he d. and where his daughter, Mrs. Matilda Ward, yet lives. The names of 
the other two are not known. One is said to have come in 1792 to Philadelphia, 
and afterwards removed to Va. ; the other in 17971 
1816, One of his sons was in the United States serv: 

402 The Dawson Family. 

the measures which resulted in the union of the Irish and British 
Parliaments, and in his old age strongly avowed his faith in the 
cause of the United Irishmen, and gloried in having been a 
" Rebel." When the political currents had become especially 
unsatisfactory to him, he took up the cause of the rising genera- 
tion, and during the years 1810, 1811 and 181 2, he was active 
in Belfast in the organization and administration of schools 
founded upon new methods of teaching, then recently introduced 
by Joseph Lancaster, a Quaker, and Andrew Bell, an English 
clergyman. In 1816-17 Mr. Dawson was concerned in the 
publication of a periodical at Glasgow, Scotland, wherein 
political subjects were discussed in a manner not at all, in the 
estimation of the authorities, edifying or agreeable. When his 
opponents were prepared for summary measures, he eluded an 
arraignment by crossing to America. The provost marshall 
of Glasgow offered a reward for his apprehension, but all efforts 
to get possession of his person failed. His family remained in 
Ireland up to 1822. They held the property from confiscation, 
but were not allowed to dispose of it, until 1821. In May, i8i7,he 
arrived in Philadelphia, where he remained some time, but lost 
all his books and papers by fire. Thence he went to Lexington, 
Ky., where he remained, however, only a few months, and then . 
removed to Cincinnati, Ohio, about 1818 or 1819, where he 
settled permanently. Here, soon after his arrival, he opened 
and taught a school on his favorite system (the Lancasterian), 
one of whose chief excellencies, in his view, was its freedom 
from religious proselytism. The school is said to have been 
conducted with great ability, but it was not well supported, and 
he abandoned it. He nevertheless remained a teacher, for he 
became an editor, and continued in Cincinnati, his familiar and 
congenial habit of writing for the public, begun in Ireland. He 
became in 1821, an associate editor, and in 1823 sole editor and 
proprietor of the Cincinnati Advertiser^ and thus commenced a 
career in which he filled a very prominent position in the public 
eye, and was, for nearly twenty-five years, one of the most in- 
fluential laborers of his time in disseminating intelligence, and 
molding public opinion. An extended series of articles, entitled 
" Reminiscences of Moses Dawson," were written for the 
Cincinnati Commercial by his friend C. Reemelin, Esq., of 

The Dawson Family. 403 

Cincinnati, and appeared in that paper, in November and 
December, 1869, and the early months of 1870. That writer, 
from whose Reminiscences most of the above facts have been 
obtained, says : " It is proper to state that the prominent trait 
of Mr. Dawson's life was his conduct as a partisan editor 
(using the term in its best sense), during the heated contests 
preceding General Jackson's election, and the warm discussions 
during Jackson's and Van Buren's administrations. Mr. Daw- 
son did more to elect Jackson, and to make Van Buren his suc- 
cessor, than any other of their contemporaries, and he did it 
with the purest motives. His earlier life in Ireland, and his 
manifold editorials on numerous subjects, as well as his biogra- 
phies of General Harrison," and Van Buren,^ are also interest- 
ing mementoes of his labors ; but his relation to General Jackson, 
his defense of Mrs. Jackson, 3 and his action as the leader in the 
cause in which Jackson, Van Buren, Calhoun, Benton, Wood- 
bury, Felix Grundy and Polk, were the great men on one side, 
and Clay, Clinton, Harrison, Hammond and others, were on 
the other, constitute altogether, the most important part of Mr. 
Dawson's life." 

Mr. Dawson was the Democratic editor "out west" in his 
time.'' He d. at Cincinnati, Dec. 4, 1844, a short time after 
making a trip to the Hermitage, the home of Jackson. The 
latter survived him but a short time. He wrote a letter, dated 
" Hermitage, Jan. 2, 1845," saying he was so sick as hardly to 
be able to hold a pen. Mourning the death of his friend, he 
said : " Peace to his memory, and consolation to his family." 

Mr. Dawson m. at Carrickfergus, Aug. 21, 1796, Mrs. Jane 
Phillips (maiden name, 'Jane Blair), who was b. at Carrickfergus, 
Feb. 28, 1 765, and d. in Cincinnati, O., Oct. 27, 1834. They 
had seven children, all b. in Ireland, as follows : 

■ A Memoir of the Life and Sermces of Major General IVm. H. Harrison, by Moses 
Dawson, editor of the Cincinnati Advertiser, Cincinnati, 1824 : 8vo, pp. 464. 

' Sketches of the Life of Mr. Van Buren, by Moses Dawson, Cincinnati, 1840 : 

3 Mrs. Jackson testified her sense of obligation to him by presenting him with a 
suit of clothes of her own manufacture. These, with many papers and other memen- 
toes of President Jackson, were long preserved by Mrs. Dawson, and probably still 
remain in her family. 

* " In 1825, the Ga-neiie, under Hammond, was whig, and the Advertiser, under 
Dawson, was democratic. These journals became bitter foes, and the warfare between 
Hammond and Dawson was a relentless one. Oceans of ink were wasted in the 
conflict." — ■ Hudson's 'JournaJism in America, p. 199. 

404 The Dawson Family. 

2-1. Jane, b. at Carrickfergus, May zi, 1797, d. in Cincinnati, Oct., 

1832 ; unm. 
2-2. Thomas, b. at Carrickfergus, May 24, 1799, d. in Cincinnati, 

Oct. 4, 1851 ; w. 
2-3. Washington, b. at Carrickfergus, Jan. 8, 1803, d. in Cincinnati, 

Sept. 15, 1835 ; unm. 
2-4. George Washington, b. at Carrickfergus, June 19, 1804, d. in 

Cincinnati, June 23, 1837 ; unm. 
2-5. Franklin, b. at Carrickfergus, Nov. 26, 1805, d. in Cincinnati, Aug. 

25, 1838 ; unm. 
2-6. William Vesey, b. at Belfast, Jan. 8, 1809, res. 1873, in Cincinnati ; 

is a printer ; unm. 
2-7. Ellinor Mary, b. at Belfast, Feb. 8, 181 1, d. in Cincinnati, Aug. 3, 

1870. Bellows. 

2-2. Thomas Dawson, b. at Carrickfergus, Ireland, May 
24, 1799, d. in Cincinnati, O., Oct. 4, 1851, was a miniature 
painter, and commenced the practice of his art in Cincinnati, in 
1825. He married in that city, Dec. 22, 1830, Miss Eli-z.a 
Oliver., who resides 1873, '" ^^^ ^^^^ place. Two children : 
3-1. Edward A., bookkeeper, res. 1873, Cincinnati ; unm. 
3-2. Ellen E., m. Sept. 15, 1873, Joseph Debar, res. Cincinnati." 

2-7. Ellinor Mary Dawson., b. in Belfast, Ireland, Feb. 8, 
1811, m. in Cincinnati, O., William Bellows, and d. in that 
city, Aug. 3, 1870. Three daus., all res. (1873), in Cincinnati : 
3-3. Mary E. 
3-4. Annette. 
3-5- J«"^ M. 

Catholic TtUgraph, Sep. 28, 1873. 


Of Cuyahoga County, O., abt. 1831-1871. 

From Dr. Thomas K. Daivson, of Cleveland, 0., 1872, the foUolving : 

1. Robert Dawson, b. in England, 1794, son of Francis 
(or Frank) Dawson, of the neighborhood of Whitby, Yorkshire, 
m. in England Jane Ward, b. 1801, and emigrated abt. 1825, 
to New Market, Ontario county, Canada (now York, Province 
of Ontario). They had born there three children, and removed 
thence abt. 1831 to Bedford, Cuyahoga county, Ohio, near which 
place he purchased a farm which he occupied abt. forty years, 
and on which he d. March 19, 1871. They had eight children : 
2-1. James William, b. in Canada, April 30, 1828, res. 1872, Bed- 
ford, O. ; m. 
2-2. John, b. in Canada, d. in Bedford, O., 1862, leaving a widow, 

but no children. 
2-3. Amelia, b. in Canada, res. 1872, Bedford, O. Mighton. 
2-4. Robert F., b. in Ohio, res. 1872, Bedford, O. ; m. 
2-5. Mary Jane, b. in Ohio, d. in Bedford, 1867, aged 31 ; unm. 
2-6. Martin B., b. in Ohio, res. 1872, Bedford, O. ; m. 
2-7. George F., b. in Ohio, d. 1861, aged 22 ; unm. 
2-8. Thomas K., b. in Ohio, res. 1872, Cleveland, O., physician ; unm. 

2-1. William Dawson, farmer and nurseryman, b. in 
Canada, April 30, 1828, m. Dec. 11, 1862, Helen Frances Bos- 
worth., of Solon, O., b. Sept. 11, 1841, res. 1872, Bedford, O.j 
four children : 

3-1. William, b. March 7, 1864. 
3-2 Caroline Blanche, d. March ;, 1866. 
3-3. Emma Grace, b. Feb. 2, 1868. 

2-3. Amelia Dawson., b. in Canada, m. Thomas Mighton, 
farmer, res. 1872, Bedford, Ohio; six children: 
3-S. Jane. 
3-6. Septa. 
3-7. Charles. 
3-8. Mariol. 
3-9. Patia. 

4o6 T^he Dawson Family. 

2-4. Robert F. Dawson, farmer, b. in Cuyahoga county, 
Ohio, m. in Cleveland, O., Miss L. N. Clapp, of Painesville, 
O., res. 1872, in Bedford, O. ; two children: 
3-11. Nellie. 
3-12. Nettie. 

2-6. Martin B. Dawson, merchant, b. in Cuyahoga county, 
Ohio, m. Miss Lotta Button^ of Bedford, O., res. 1872, Bed- 
ford ; two children : 
3-13. Frank. 

Notes. I. NathanielDawson, Esq., of Wells, Jefterson county, Ohio, 
d. May 4, 1857, aged 67. 

" Mr. D. was b. in Maryland, Aug. 12, 1 789, and moved with his 
parents, when a boy, to Western Virginia (the Pan-Handle,) near the 
close of the last century. About 1802, his father and family settled in 
Jefferson, Ohio, where he resided from that time up to his death. He 
was a man of punctuality, and upright and honest in all his dealings ; and 
from small beginnings, by industry and economy, in less than half a cen- 
tury, he accumulated a large estate, left to be distributed among his nu- 
merous offspring. He was a man of some talent, which he employed, 
not only for his own benefit, but also for the benefit of the community in 
which he lived. For more than twenty years he acted as a justice of the 
peace in and for Wells township. His judgments, rendered in cases of law 
suit which came before him, were generally correct, and gave satisfaction, 
so that but few appeals were taken ; and if at any time he erred in judg- 
ment in a law case, it was an error of the head, and not of the heart. In 
early youth he made a profession of religion, and joined the Methodist 
Episcopal church, to which his parents belonged." — Crosby's Annual 
Obituary Notices, 1 857. 

II. George Dawson, a soldier of 181 2, d. near New Burlington, 
Clinton Co., Ohio, abt. Dec. i, 1872, in the 86th year of his age. 

III. Benjamin Dawson, for some years past a resident of Cincinnati, 
a dealer in tin, copper and sheet iron ware, is a native of Brandon, 
county Cork, Ireland. He has two sons engaged in business with him 
(1873), Robert and William. 


The following records were postponed, out of their regular 
order, for insertion at the close of this work, in order that time 
might be gained for additions and corrections. (See p. 187). 
The labor expended upon them, during the brief time thus 
secured, has resulted in largely extending and improving them, 
and has given opportunities for their revision and correction, to 
a considerable extent, by correspondents and friends interested. 
The compiler desires to acknowledge his obligations especially 
to W. F. CoRBiT, Esq., of Philadelphia, for a large part of the 
information embodied in these records." 

The following facts, not clearly understood at the time of 
printing the former portion of " Pennsylvania " records, should 
be noted. 

There were at an early day, in Philadelphia and its immediate 
vicinity (Bucks and Chester counties. Pa.), no less than five 
heads of families bearing the name of John Dawson. = These 
were : 

I. John Dawson, hatter, of Moreland township, in Bucks county, and 
Philadelphia, said to have come to this country with his wife Dorothy, 
from London, in 1710. Rejoined the Quakers at Abington, 1730, and 
d. in Philadelphia, II nio. 27, 1742. 

II. John Dawson, wheelwright, son of above, d. in Philadelphia, 1740. 
The father administered on his estate. 

III. John Dawson, farmer, of Solesbury township, Bucks Co., whose 
will, dated May 31, 1753, ^^^ proved May 26, 1759. He was a 
Quaker of prominence, and a resident of Bucks Co., 1719, and probably 

IV. John Dawson, of West Nottingham, Chester county, whose will, 
dated Feb. 24, 1756, was probated in 1757. His will mentions a son 

' Mr. Corbit has been engaged for several years in preparing for publication an ac- 
count of the descendants of all those persons who came to America with William 
Penn in the ship *' Welcome," in 1682 — a work which is expected to include over 
50,000 names. His familiarity with the sources of original information for a record 
of this character has greatly facilitated the progress of this work. 

' John Dawson, son of Emanuel, who i. 3 mo. 29, 1 698, was probably an infant. 
Jane Dawson, w. of Emanuel, d. in Philadelphia, i mo. 30, 169S. Compare this 
with p. 187. She was probably yfrj/ wife of the Emanuel Dawson there mentioned. 

4o8 T^he Dawson Family. 

Joseph, and his w. Anne ; sons Samuel, Isaac and Nathan, each of whom 
m. and had children ; also a son John who was m. and had a son Wil- 
liam. ' 

V. John Dawson, son of John, of West Nottingham, above named. 
It is not supposed that John of Nottingham was related to those of his 
name in Bucks county, nor does it appear that those two were related to 
each other. One, or perhaps two of these, may have come up from 
Eastern Maryland, but probably each of them had emigrated from the old 

Of the descendants of John Dawson, of West J^ottingham, nothing more 
is known than the will reveals.'- 

But a meagre account has been obtained of the descendants of John 
Dawson, of Soiesbury. Probably a more careful examination of the 
deeds, wills, etc., of Bucks county than is at present possible, may throw 
further light on the history of his family. Such information as has been 
obtained is embodied in the first of the following records. 

The records of the descendants of John and Dorothy Dawson, which 
follows that of the family of John Dawson of Soiesbury, embraces nearly 
two thousand names. But few of all the nuinerous living descendants of 
this couple now bear the name of Dawson. It seems, indeed, almost a 
misnomer to designate this as a Dawson family, when page after page is 
occupied wholly with other names. The record should be further ex- 
tended and separately published under a title more expressive of its real 

' Isaac entered a caveat against the probating of any will of his father which had 
been executed subsequent to 1749, but soon withdrew the caveat, and allowed his 
brother John to act as executor. 

- It may have been an unworthy scion of this family, David Dawson, of Cheuer 
Co , who was attainted of treason, and executed at Philadelphia, in 1780. James 
Dawson joined the British at Philadelphia, was captured at sea, and came near suf- 
fering a similar fate. — Sabine's American Loyalists ; Fennsyliiania j^rchi'ves, 1783- 
1786, p. 609. 


Of Solesbury, Bucks Co., Pa., 1719-1759. 

1. John Dawson, a member of the Society of Friends, 
residing in Solesbury township, Bucks Co., Pa., was at Falls 
meeting as early as 17 19,' and was elected an assessor in that 
county in 1725, 1730 and 1734. He was appointed an over- 
seer of Buckingham meeting, 2 mo. 4, 1730, and was released 
from the office 4 mo. 5, 1733. He seems to have been an 
active and useful member of the Society. His name appears in 
the records of the proceedings of nearly every meeting held for 
several years. His will, dated May 31, 1753, was proved May 
26, 1759, and is recorded at Doylestown, in Bucks county. 
Children : 
2-1. Thomas, sole executor of his father's will ; his daughter, narAe not 

given, a legatee. 
2-2. Elizabeth, m. 1720, Thomas Browne, had probably d. before date 

of her father's will, not being named therein. See belovi. 
2-3. Ann, in. 1729, Joseph Browne, received legacy under her father's 

will. See below. 

2-2. Elizabeth Dawson., m. at Falls meeting, Bucks county, 
Pa., I mo. 20, 1720, I'homas Browne. They removed to 
Abington in 1739. A son : 
3-1. Moses, b. 10 mo. 26, 1727, d. 2 mo. 26, 1758 ; m. 

2-3. jinn Dawson., m. at Falls meeting, Bucks county. Pa., 
I mo. 29, 1729, Joseph Browne, brother of Thomas (2-2). 
Four children : 

3-2. Abraham, b. 4 mo. 23, 1730. 
3-3. Isaac, b. 6 mo. 18, 1731. 
3-4. Ann, b. 2 mo. 10, 1733- 
3-5. Joseph, b. 7 mo. 8, 1737 ; m. 

« " A. — P. — 's condition is such that he is reduced to poverty, and doth stand in 
need of assistance, particularly a cow j therefore this meeting doth appoint John 
Dawson to procure one." — Falls meeting records, 1719; quoted in Michenor's 
Relrosfect of Early Siuakerim, p. 214. 

41 T^he Dawson Family. 

3-1. Moses Browne, b. lo mo. 26, 1727, m. in Abington, 
then in Bucks county, now Montgomery, 12 mo. 31, 1753, Sarah 
Oldsworth. He d. 2 mo. 26, 1758, leaving two children: 
4-1. Elizabeth, b. 6 mo. 1, 1754. 
4-2. Thomas, b. 7 mo. 16, 1757. 

3-5. Joseph Browne, b. 7 mo. 8, 1737, m. Mary Preston, 
dau. of Jonas and Jane Preston. She d. 11 mo. 23, 1764, 
leaving two children : 
4-3. Ann, b. 12 mo. u, 1760. 
4-4. Sarah, b. 10 mo. 3, 1762. 

Note. On the 7th of Feb., 1733-4, " John Dawson, of Solebury, in 
the county of Bucks, yeoman," mortgaged 1 20 acres of land to the Trus- 
tees of the General Loan-OfBce of the Province of Pennsylvania. The 
land .was situated in Solebury, adjoining lands of Thomas Head, Henry 
Paxton, Randal Spakman and Joseph Pike. The amount of the mort- 
gage debt was £96. in the provincial bills of credit. 


Of Bucks Co., Pa., and Philadelphia, 1710-1742. 

1. John Dawson and w. Dorothy are said to have come 
from London, England, to America, in 17 10. Their dau. Ann 
was then five years old. It is probable that their sons John and 
Daniel also came with them. His trade was that of a hatter. 
They appear to have been connected with the Society of Friends 
in England, but it is certain that he, at least, did not ask to be re- 
ceived in membership among Friends here for some years after 
their arrival. The family tradition is that he had been unfortu- 
nate in business in London. That he had left behind him debts 
there, appears from the following extracts from the Abington 
meeting records : 

"l mo. 3, 1729. Friends of Horsham requested on the account of 
John Dawson that he might be united to Friends, but being come from 
Old England without a certificate, by reason of some debts left unpaid, 
therefore the meeting do appoint John Cadwallader, Sampson Davis, and 
Thomas Lloyd to draw a letter to some of Dawson's creditors that are 
Friends in England to see if they are willing to forgive ye debt, and bring 
the letter to the next monthly meeting." 

" 2 mo , 28, 1729. A letter was brought, subscribed [addressed] to 
Friends in London in behalf of John Dawson, which was signed by seve- 
ral Friends." 

The result of these friendly offices is seen in the following, 
extracted from the records of the same meeting : 

" 4 mo. 29, 1730. John Dawson produced a certificate from Friends 
of Horsleydown monthly meeting in London, which was read and ac- 

He was a resident of Moreland township (Bucks county, now 
Montgomery"), and kept at Hatborough, ° in that township, a 

' John and Daniel Dawson were both returned as having land taxable in Moreland 
township in 1734. Bucks Co. was one of the original counties formed by William 
Penn in 1682. Montgomery county was organized in 1784. 

"[Moreland.] "The largest village was Hatborough, better known as the 
" Crooked Billet," containing about 1.8 houses (half of which were built of logs), a 
store, tavern, etc. This place derived its name from one of the first stone houses 
built here, which not long after became a tavern, and had for its sign, a Crookid 
BilUl, which name was originally derived from a popular inn then in Water St., 

412 The Dawson Family. 

tavern called the " Crooked Billet," carrying on also the hat-mak- 
ing business. He removed to Philadelphia in 1740, ' or earlier, 
and d. in that city 11 mo. 27, 1742.= 

His widovi', who is said to have been a member of Abington 
meeting many years before her husband united with it, seems to 
have retained her connection with that meeting, and to have re- 
turned, soon after her husband's death, to her former home or 
neighborhood. Later in life she made her home with her 
daughter, Ann Tomkins, near Phenixville, in Chester Co., and 

Philadelphia. John Dawson subsequently kept this house, and in connection fol- 
lowed his occupation of making hats, from which its more recent name of Hat- 
borough- This house, it is reported was built about 1705, and has since been altered 
into a two story dwelling, now occupied by Jesse Walton, coach maker". — W. J Buck's 
History of More/and, in Collections of Historical Society of Pa., vol. 6, p. 189. 

Other accounts are as follows: "John Dawson was the original settler of the 
' Crooked Billet," afterwards called Hatborough, where he carried on the hatting busi- 
ness. He there built a stone house, with the assistance of his daughter Ann, who 
afterwards married Bartholomew Longstreth, Here he kept a house of private en- 
tertainment, and had for a sign a hewn crooked billet of wood ; hence the name, the 
" Crooked Billet." His hatters' tools were brought up to Abington in a lime wagon. 
Thence he set out into the woods, and for several miles had to open a road with 
axe and spade for his horse and cart to pass along." — Longstreth MSS. 

" The Crooked Billet near Hatboro, was first settled by John Dawson, hatter, who 
having been unfortunate in trade in London, emigrated with his family to Philadel- 
phia." — Letter of Daniel Longstreth to Watson, the Annalist. 

" It would appear from some of my inquiries respecting the early settlement of 
Hatborough, that our ancestor, John Dawson, had lived in three different houses 
[there] on as many sites. The first was built of logs, in the rear of a house now 
standing nearly opposite to the end of the new road at the Upper Tavern on the west 

side of York road. The second house was of stone its site opposite 

to IVlordecai Thomas' hip-roofed house. It was on the east side of York road, and 
was the original ■ Crooked Billet ' tavern. My great grandmother, Ann Dawson, 
was mason-tender, and carried the mortar on a board, and the stones in her apron, 

whilst her father executed the masonry His last and third residence was in the 

east end of the old stone house on the west side of York road, between the old tavern 

and the creek Like the others it was originally but one story high, and now 

exhibits on the front, on the south side of the door, the initials I. D. D. — 1745." 
Daniel Longstreth, 1831. (If the initials were intended for John and Dorothy Daw- 
son, as suggested by a correspondent, the date, as given, could not have been a part of 
the original inscription. — See notes as to his removal and death, belotv. 

' He was appointed administrator of the estate of his son John in 1740, and was then 
described as of Philadelphia. 

^Philadelphia meeting records. " Cousin Susanna Smedley, who resides with her 
son-in-law, Jonathan Hood, at Radnor, told me that our ancestor, John Dawson, a 
free mason, and founder of Hatborough (he was a hatter by trade), removed to Phila- 
delphia, and d at the corner of Church alley and Second St. in the house which 
John F. Watson, in his " Annals of Phila." says was the first brick house built in 
the city. The city regulation mark was always on this house." — Daniel Longstreth 
to Susanna Longstreth, 12 mo. 17, 1831. "The house continued to be occupied by 
some of his descendants until some time after the Revolution." ■ — D. L. 1832. ''John 
Dawson d. in Philadelphia, corner Second St., and Church alley, in the fifth brick 
house built in the city." — W. F. C. " No record of administration on his estate in 
Philadelphia : probably to be found at Doylestown, Bucks Co." (as he owned property 
in that county). — W. F. C. 

The 'Dawson Family. 413 

her remains are said to have been the first interred in the Friends' 
burying ground, belonging to Pikeland monthly meeting, near 
Kimberton, in that county. ' Their children were : 
2-1. John, wheelwright, d. in Philadelphia, his father appointed admin- 
istrator of his estate, 1740-- 
2-2. Ann, b. in London, 1705, d. 3 mo. 18, 1783. Longstreth; 


2-3. Daniel, d. in Philadelphia, i mo. i, 1746 ; m. 

2-4. Sarah. H..\ncock. 

2-5. Isaac, d. in Philadelphia, 9 mo. 12, 1748 ; m. 

2-6. Benjamin, b. about 1718, d. at Smyrna, Del., 12 mo. 5, 1793 ; m. 

2-7. James.' 

2-2. Ann Dawson, b. in London about 1705, came to 
America with her parents in lyio.-* She m. ist, at Horsham, 
Pa., II mo. 29, 1727, Bartholomew Longstreth, 5 who was 

' •' Widow Dorothy Dawson lived with her daughter, Ann Tomkins, in Charlestown, 
Chester county, in the house which she, A. T., built on the hill by Mason's tavern. 
Whilst on her death bed, hearing that water frequently rose in the graves at Prov- 
idence, she requested that they * would not drown her after she was dead,* but take 
her corpse to Pikeland, which was just established. She was the first one interred 
in that grave yard, and her gr. dau. Elizabeth Starr, w. of Joseph Starr, planted an 
apple tree at the head of her grave, which blew down a few years since, and the 
place is now supplied by a Lombardy Poplar." — D. Longstreth, 1831. 

= John is named first in the list of children, on the supposition that he was the eldest 
child, and the names of the other children follow in the order of birth ai conjectured. 
What family John left, if any, is not known. The administration bond was dated 
Aug. 30, 1740, and the intended signers were, John Dawson, hatter, of Philadelphia 
city, Bartholomew Longstreth, of Bucks Co., yeoman, and Daniel Dawson, of Phila- 
delphia county. The bond was signed only by the two latter. A blank left for the 
signature of John Dawson, was not filled, and no inventory of the estate was filed. 

3 Signed marriage certificate of Benjamin Dawson and Elizabeth Fussell as witness, 
1744. Supposed to have been a brother of the groom. 

4 So she informed Isaac Longstreth, her grandson. He related the facts to his 
nephew, Daniel Longstreth, who made record of them. 

5 The name was variously written Longstreth, Longstroth, Langstreth, Langsteroth, 
etc. Longstreth is now the generally accepted orthography, and is therefore used 
uniformly in these records. For notices of the name and family, see Whitaker's 
Hhlory and Antiquities of the Deanery of Craven ; Fuller's IVurthies of England 
(Yorkshire), etc. According to a tradition, the father of Bartholomew was named 
Christopher. At the christening of the son, it is said that the father and godfather 
not agreeing as to a name, the officiating priest christened him in honor of the saint 
( Bartholomew) on whose day he was born. " He was five feet 83-^ inches high, " and 
" his person was heavy, thick set ; " but his brother Martin, who also emigrated to 
America, and d. about 1727, "is said to have been seven feet-2+ inches in height. 
He was by trade a brazier, and occasionally travelled about the country seeking em- 
ployment. He was familiarly called ' the long tinker.' " He had a daughter Elizabeth, 
whom. Francis Littlejohn, and d. near Philadelphia, in 1753, leaving eight children; 
and a son Bartholomew (sometimes called Bartholomew, junior ), who in 1769 lived 
150 miles west of Philadelphia, and had five children. Some of his descendants are 
said to have removed to Va. Daniel Longstreth, late of Warminster, Bucks county. 
Pa., from whose copious family memoranda much has been drawn for these records, 
noted the fact that he had " often heard that Bartholomew Longstreth had a brother 

414 '^'^'^ Dawson Family. 

b. in Longstroth Dale, Deanery of Craven, Yorkshire, England, 
8 mo. 24, 1679, and was therefore at his marriage 48 years of 
age, while she was only 22. He had emigrated from Yorkshire, 
England, in 1698, taking with him a letter from the Friends of 
Settle meeting in that shire, certifying, according to a practice still 
in use in the Society on the removal of deserving members, to 
such facts as were calculated to commend him to the confidence 
and fellowship of the brethren among whom he expected to 
live.' This commendation and confidence his subsequent life 
fully justified. He was one of the petitioners, among whom were 
nearly all the leading men of Pennsylvania, who, about the year 
1700, when he could scarcely have more than attained his 
majority, joined in a petition to the king of England praying 
that William Penn might not be deprived of his government 
in the province. This early act shows that even then Bartholomew 
Longstreth was recognized as a man of some substance and 
character. - 

Prior to his emigration he had been for some years in the 
employ of a grazier or cattle drover, in whose service he had 
proved discreet and trustworthy. After his arrival in Pennsyl- 
vania he worked as a laborer until, by his frugal and industrious 

^ " Whereas, Bartholomew Langsteroth having acquainted us how he doth intend 
to remove himself into Pennsylvania in America, if the Lord give him ability, there 
to live among Friends, and we, having taken care to inquire, do certify you, our 
friends and brethren, whom it may concern, how that he hath obtained and discharged 
his business and affairs so that he doth thereby give no just occasion to any person to 
reflect upon him, and further that the said Bartholomew Langsteroth is clear from 
any engagements or entanglements with any person on the account of marriage, so 
that so far as we know if he hereafter be concerned in order to marry, this may certifie 
our friends that may be therein concerned accordingly that as he hath been of a 
pretty good behavior since the time that he hath frequented our meetings, so his 
removing is with ours as also with his father's consent and approbation, and if the 
Lord lengthen out his days that he get to the end of his intended journey, you may 
receive him as one whom the Lord in his love has visited and reached unto in mercy, 
and it is our fervent desire and prayer to God for him that he may proceed in faith- 
fulness that those blessings may be continued to him to the end of his days. So, 
with the salutation of love in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, we rest and remain 
your brethren in the fellowship of the Gospel of Grace. 

" From our monthly meeting at Settle, in Yorkshire, in old England, the first day 
of the first month, 1698-9. 

l^Signrd iy ttvltily Fricr.di ] 

= Penn's second visit to America was made in 1699. Not long after his arrival 
he learned that there was a measure before the House of Lords for bringing all the 
proprietary governments under the Crown, and he returned to England, in 1701, prob- 
ably taking with him the petition above referred to. It was never presented to the 
king, as, happily, before its arrival all danger of Penn's removal had passed. The 
original petition is now in possession of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. 

The Dawson Family. 415 

habits, he had laid up about £400. One half of this he ventured 
on a trading voyage to Tortola, one of the Virgin group of the 
West India islands, then as now noted for its exports of sugar, 
molasses, rum, etc., and for its unhealthy climate. He sailed 
for the island in another vessel from that to which he intrusted 
his property, which was supposed to have foundered at sea, as 
it was never after heard of; and on arriving at the island he was 
taken sick, and narrowly escaped with his life. Returning to 
Pennsylvania, he resumed work as a laborer, and after a time 
bought a tract of 300 acres of land on Edge Hill, in Moreland 
township, then in Bucks county, now iVIontgomery.' On this 
he settled and commenced its improvement, but becoming dis- 
satisfied, he sold the land, with the determination of returning 
to England.^ While waiting in Philadelphia for a passage home 
he met with Thomas Fairman, surveyor to William Penn, who 
induced him to abandon his intention of leaving the country, and 
from whom he purchased 500 acres of unimproved land in War- 
minster township, in the county of Bucks. 3 He afterwards pur- 
chased other tracts of land in that neighborhood, and at the time 
of his death left a large and valuable estate, including more than 
one thousand acres of land and monies at interest.'' When he 

' " B. L. first settled on the county line, between Bucks and Montgomery coun- 
ties It was on Edge Hill. The jiouse was a long, stone building."^ i««r o/" 

Anna T. Raaby 1873. 

* At MiddletQwn, Bucks county, meeting, 3 mo. 2, 1706, Bartholomew Long- 
streth was granted a certificate " to whatever meeting he is likely to belong to." 
This was probably when he was about returning to England, as traditionally related 
by the family.— W. F. C. 

3 The same tract of 500 acres that was deeded by Wm. Penn, in 1685, to John 
Dwight, and by John Dwight's heirs, in 1707, to John Talbot, and by John Talbot, 
in 1709, to Thomas Fairman. The deed from Thomas Fairman to Bartholomew 
Longstreth is dated Dec. 23, 1710." — S. T. L. " For this tract B. L. paid £175 
Pennsylvania currency, or seven shillings per acre. In 17 13 he purchased from the 
proprietary agents [Richard Hill, Isaac Norris and James Logan], twenty-six acres 
adjoining, for .£6.10, or five shillings per acre." — D. L. 

4 The old homestead he willed to his son Daniel, who d. in 1803, and he be- 
queathed the same to his son Joseph, who d. in 1840. He left the property to his 
only son Daniel, who d. in 1846, and under his will the homestead, which then in- 
cluded the dwelling house and out buildings, and fifty-six acres of land, was sold. 
His eldest son, John Lancaster Longstreth, now of Philadelphia, became the pur- 
chaser, and in 1850 Mr. L. sold the premises to Isaac Rush Kirk, who d. in 1859, 
leaving the property in possession of his widow and children, who now reside there 
(1873). The old homestead, as it appeared when photographed in 1872, had been 
built at three separate dates. The central part was built by B. L. in 1713 ; the east 
end by D L. in 1750, and the west end, which was much larger than cither of the 
other parts, was built by D. L. in 1766. At the time of the completion of the final 
addition (by workmen from Philadelphia], it was considered the finest house in that 
part of the country. The dates were ascertained from date stones found in difi'ercnt 

41 6 'The Dawson Family. 

first went into Warminster the country there was a wilderness, 
without roads, and with only a cattle path through the woods. 
His first house was of logs. When he was better accommo- 
dated he opened a store in a part of his dwelling, which he con- 
tinued to keep for the accommodation of the neighborhood for 
some years after his marriage, being assisted in his business by 
his wife. Indeed, it may be supposed that his habit of frequent- 
ing the markets in old England had given him an inclination to 
trade. It may have prompted him to modest ventures which 
resulted successfully, helping him in the accumulation of the 
snug capital which he had at command within a few years after 
his arrival in America, and a part of which he lost in the un- 
fortunate expedition to Tortola ; and it may, also, have had an 
influence in leading him to engage in this later enterprise in which 
he undertook the business of a storekeeper. ' 

He was held in good esteem by members of the religious 
Society to which he belonged, '^ and he was frequently called on 
to settle estates, and to transact a variety of public affairs. As 
supervisor of Warminster he opened a portion of what is known 
as the York road. He was charitable to the poor, who never, 
it is said, left his door empty-handed ; and he was, withal, a man 
of great firmness of purpose, strength of mind and energy of 
character. He d. very suddenly in the road, without previous 
illness, Aug. 8, 1749, and was buried in Horsham grave yard.3 

parts of the building. After April, 1872, Mrs. Kirk took down those parts which 
were built in 171 3 and 1750, and erected a new building on their site. While the 
wall of the east end was being torn down a copper medal was found which was struck 
in commemoration of the taking of Porto Bella, by Admiral Vernon " with six ships 
only," Nov. 22, 1739. 

■ It is said, however, that this was rather his wife's enterprise than his own : that 
she borrowed a small sum of money from her husband, as her original capital, with 
which to buy goods in Philadelphia, and gradually increased her stock and extended 
her business, attracting customers from Wrightstown and other distant places ; and 
that the business continued to prosper until the increasing cares of her family obliged 
her to relinquish it. " On closing her accounts and refiinding the original loan with 
interest, there was a balance of £600. in her favor." — D. L., 1831. 

= " B. L. appears to have been an active man among the early Friends in Pennsyl- 
vania. On the 30th of 5 mo., 1 7 3 3, he was appointed by Abington meeting to attend 
the quarterly meeting as a representative." — W. F. C. 

3 " I now think proper to give a short relation of my father's death. The eighth 
day of August, 1749> ^^ ^tni into the field to set the negroes to plowing, and stay 
with them till about eight o'clock, and finding himself much out of order he left 
them and went to a school-house which was built in our field, and sent my sister 
home for me to take a horse for him to riJe on. Accordingly I did, and he went to 
a stump, got upon it with help, and so upon the horse, and I got on behind him. 
When we rode about thirty perches he fell back into my arms. There being two 

The Dawson Farnily. 417 

It is a tradition that his marriage with Ann Dawson was the 
result of " love at first sight," under circumstances which, if 
not quite romantic, were altogether befitting the times, and the 
good, substantial men and women who founded Pennsylvania. 
While her father was building his house at the Billet she acted 
as mason tender, carrying the mortar on a board, and the stones 
in an apron of stout cloth, whilst her father executed the 
masonry. While she was so engaged it is said that Bartholomew 
passed by, " was smitten with her glowing charms and filial 
piety, and then and there chose his wife."" They were married 
at Horsham meeting house, to which she rode on a pillion be- 
hind her father, departing from it with her husband on his horse 
in a similar manner. Tradition says that while she was busy 
talking with her young friends Bartholomew became somewhat 
impatient to take his prize away, and summoned her in the 
broad speech of Yorkshire with the inquiry : " Ann, art thou 
gooing, or art thou noot." 

According to the custom of the times, but few even of Friends 
excepting, they employed slave labor, both in the field and in 
their domestic affairs ; and some of their descendants remember 
to have seen in the old homestead a mark on the wall between 
the sitting room and kitchen where (though closed for many 
years) had been a small window at which Ann was wont to sit 

men riding a distance before us, I called to them, and they rode back quickly. One 
of them took him down from me in the road, and he took about four or five breaths, 
and died away, being sensible to the very last." — Daniel Longstrtth to friends in Eng- 
land, 1752. 

" A clouded marble slab was placed at his head by his son Daniel, with ' 1749 — 
Bartholomew Longstreth, aged 69 years 1 1 mo, 15 days' on it. Some years after, an 
uneasiness being expressed by some of the members of the meeting with this stone, 
an attempt was made to remove it, but Daniel Longstreth replied, ' not while I live 
shall any one disturb it.' It remains there to this day." — Daniel Longstreth (gr. son 
of Daniel above named), 1831. It is still there (1873). 

' The tradition may be true as to him, but if another story concerning the pair has 
any foundation in verity it is evident she was not similarly inspired. The difference 
in their ages is to be remembered " Previous to their marriage she, when having 
her fortune alphabetically tried, said : * I care not who knows the initials that turned 
up for me, for they were B. L. That would stand for old Bartholomew Longstreth, 
and I am sure I never will have him ! ' " From an account of B. L., accompanying 
a Family Tree in possession of Alfred Longstreth, of Philadelphia. The following is 
an extract from Abington Meeting Records : " At our monthly meeting held ye 
a9th of ye nth mo., 1717. Whereas Bartholomew Longstreth and Ann Dawson 
having declared their intentions of marriage with each other before two monthly 
meetings, enquiry being made by persons appointed, and found clear of all others on 
account of marrijgc, are left to accomplish ye same orderly." On the 26th of 12 
mo., 1727, the marriage of B. and A. was reported to have been " orderly performed." 

41 8 The Dawson Family. 

to watch her slave women at work in the kitchen. Almost 
the last act of Bartholomew Longstreth's life was to go into the 
fields to direct his negroes about their work. Many of Bartho- 
lomew and Ann's descendants, however, have been conspicuous 
for their opposition to slavery, and the Society to which they 
belonged, at a very early day made the holding of slaves a sub- 
ject of discipline, and, where persisted in, a ground of disown- 

Ann had been a thrifty housekeeper and good manager. An 
inventory of her estate taken 2 mo. i, 1753, shows that it 
amounted, after deducting all claims against it, to nearly £2000, 
and included servants valued at £100. Her husband had left 
her the entire income of all his landed property, until his sons, 
who were to inherit it, should respectively come of age, ex- 
cept her son Daniel, whose estate was to remain in her hands 
until he should arrive at the age of 25 years, after which he was 
to pay her annually £,b during her life or widowhood." They 
had eleven children : 

3-1. Sarah, b. 11 mo. 8, 1728-9,- d. 9 mo. 21, 1800. Fussell. 
3-2. John, b. 4 mo. 10, 1730, d. 1737. 
3-3. Daniel, b. 2 mo. 28, 1732, d. 11 mo. 19, 1803 ; m. 
3-4. lane, b. I mo. 18, 1733-4, d. aged 20 mos. 
3-5. Jane, b. 11 mo. 23, 1735-6, d. 5 mo. 16, 1795- Coates. 
3-6. Ann, b. II mo. 3, 1737-8, d. 6 mo. 26, 1824. Co.\tes. 
3-7. John, b 8 mo 25, 1739, d. 4 mo. 16, 1817; m. 
3-8. Elizabeth, b. 3 mo. 15, 1741, d. 6 mo. 28, 1813. Starr. 
3-9. Isaac, b. 12 mo. 16, 1742-3, d. 12 mo. 4, 1817 ; m. 
3-10. Joseph, b. 10 mo. 11, 1744, d. 1798 or 1803 ; m. 
3-11. Benjamin, b. 7 mo. 17, 1746, d. 8 mo. 4, 1802 ; m. 

After remaining a widow nearly four years, Ann Longstreth 
m. 2d, 6 mo. 7, 1753, Robert ToMKiNS, who resided in War- 

' Daniel Longstreth's letter book, 1831. 

= It is to be borne in mind that March, the third month of the year, according to 
present computation, was formerly reclconed the first month. These dates of birth 
(of the children of Bartholomew and Ann Longstreth), designating the months by 
numerals, are from authentic records (the family Bible, original entries by Ann and 
Bartholomew L.), but in substituting the names of the months for numerals, allowance 
must be made for the change from old to new style. The following is an extract 
from a letter of Daniel Longstreth (3-3) to his " loving cousins " in England, written 
aoth March, 1752, in which year the change from old to new style was made. He 
states that his " parents had eleven children, as foUoweth : Sarah was born January ye 
8th, 1728-9, John was born June ye loth, 1730, and lived till he was seven years 
old, Daniel, born April ye j8th, 1732, Jane, born March ye iSth, 1733-4, died 
[aged] I year and 8 months, Jane, born January ye 23d, 1735-6, Ann, born January 
ye 3d, 1737-8, John born October ye 25th, 1739, Elizabeth, born May ye 15th, 1741, 

The Dawson Family. 419 

rington township, Bucks county." He is said to have wasted 
her fortune, and to have subjected her to personal ill usage, in 
consequence of which she left him, and returned to her son 
Daniel's, at the old homestead. Thence she removed to 
Charleston, in Chester county (now Phenixville), where her 
daughters Jane and Ann Coates resided. Here she built a house 
for herself, " on the hill by Mason's tavern," ^ and made her 
home until X775, when she returned to her son Daniel's, on the 
death of his wife Grace. About the time of his second marriage 
(1779) she removed again to Chester county, where she d. 3 
mo. 18, 1783, aged 78.3 

2-3. Daniel Dawson, hatter, of Abington, m. at Abington, 
8 mo. 26, 1730, Elizabeth Hallowell,h. 12 mo., 14, 1711.-' 
They removed from Abington to Philadelphia, taking certificate 
from former to latter meeting, dated May 31, 1742, for them- 
selves and dau. Deborah. 5 He made a will dated Nov. 23d, 
1744, and proved March 3, 1745, disposing of a good estate in 
houses, etc. The record is that he d. i mo. I, 1746, which 
was 1st March, 1745, new style. They had seven children: 
3-1 2. Mary, d. 6 mo. 25, 1740. 
3-13. Daniel, d. 1 mo. 6, 1738. 

Isaac, born February ye i6th, 1742-3, Joseph, born Dec. ye nth, 1744, Benjamin, 
born Sept. ye 17th, 1749." These dates agree with the above except as to the year of 
Benjamin's birth. In the original draft of his letter it appears that he wrote 1746. 
These figures were crossed out and 1749 inserted by another hand. The date in the 
old Bible of Bartholomew and Ann Longstreth, in the handwriting of Bartholomew, 
is 7 mo. 17, 1746. 

' 'They " passed meeting " at Abington, 4 mo. 30, 1753, but the marriage was 
celebrated at the meeting house in Horsham. The name of " Dorothy Dawson, 
widow," was signed at the head of the list of witnesses. The Quakers at Hatboro 
mostly belonged to Abington meeting. The fact of the change of name of Ann 
Dawson Longstreth to Tomkins was probably not known to the writer of the letter 
quoted in the following note (note 3). 

"See p. 413, note I. 

3 " Both Dorothy Dawson and Ann Dawson Longstreth lie buried in a neglected 
grave yard near K-imberton, Chester county. Pa. [belonging to Pikeland monthly 
meeting.] The graves are nameless, as is customary in (Quaker burying grounds, and 
but few persons except my sister, Mrs. R. L. Fussell, and myself, are left who could 
identify the spot. This was pointed out to us by our mother, Esther Fussell Lewis." 
— Grace Anne Lewis, Media, Pa., 1873. 

< Dau. of Thomas (b. in England, d. 12 mo. 14, 1734), and Rosamond Till (d. 6 
mo. 13, 1745), Hallowell, m. at Darby, Pa., 1702, lived at Abington; gr. dau. of 
John and Mary Hallowell, who emigrated to Darby from Hucknow, parish of Sutton, 
Nottinghamsliire, England, bringing a Quaker certificate, dated 12 mo. 19, 1682. 

S Abington records, as copied for the Penna. Historical Society, say John Dawson, 
w. and dau. Deborah, but Philadelphia meeting records show that it was Daniel who 
was received on this certificate. 

420 The Daivson Family. 

3-14. Deborah, b. 6 mo. 22, 1742. 
3-15. James ; m. 

3-16. Daniel, m. Sarah : d. in Philadelphia without issue. 

3-17. Rosamond. Green. 
3-18. Mary. Thomson. 

2-4. Sarah Daivson, m. in Abington, 9 mo. 24, 1729, 
William Hancock, who d. 1787, son of William Hancock, 
of Horsham, Pa. They had : 
3-19. John, d. before 1787 ; m. 
3-20. Isaac, living 1787. 
3-21. James, b. 9 mo. 2, 1730, living 1787 ; m. 

2-5. Isaac Dawson, of Abington, removed to Philadelphia, 
takingcertificatefrom Abington meeting, dated 2 mo. 24, 1738: 
was with w. Jane in Philadelphia, 1748. She brought a cer- 
tificate, dated 8 mo. 3, 1752, from Burlington, N. J., meeting, 
to Philadelphia, being then a wid., as her husband had d. 9 mo. 
12, 1748. They had : 
3-22. William, d. 6 mo. 4. 1742. 
3-23. John, d. 12 mo. 6, 1742. 
3-24. Jane, d. I mo. 30, 1749. 
3-25. Elizabeth, d. 4 mo. 4, 1 749. 
3-26. Isaac, d. 6 mo. 21, 1749. 
3-27. Mary, b. I mo. 17, 1742-3, lived in Philadelphia. Sermon. 

Jane Dawson (widow of Isaac Dawson, and dau. of Richard 
and Mary Blackham, of Burlington, N. J.), m. in Philadelphia, 
II mo. 9, 1752, Robert Worrell, of Abington, Pa., son of 
Richard Worrell, of Lower Dublin. After her first husband's 
death, she appears to have gone back to her father's home in New 
Jersey, from which she returned to Philadelphia only a few weeks 
before her second marriage. 

2-6. Benjamin Dawson, b. abt. 17 18, m. in Philadelphia, 
5 mo. 19, 1744,' Elizabeth Fussell, b. abt. 1727. They lived 

»Of the witnesses present were Dorothy, mother of the groom, and Daniel, Isaac 
and Tames Dawson, probably brothers ; also, Jane Dawson, supposed w. of Isaac, but 
perhaps sister. Elizabeth Fussell was dau, of Solomon Fussell, (b. in Yorkshire, Eng., 
1704, emigrated to Pa., and settled in Philadelphia, abt. 1721, where he was a mer- 
chant, son of William and Elizabeth Fussell) and wife Susannah Coney, (dau.of Jacob 
Coney and wife Barbara, dau of "William Clinkenbcard). William Clinkenbeard d.abt 
1753, in the 104th year of his age. On the birth ofhis gt. gt. gr. dau., Susannah 
Dawson, he said to his dau. Barbara Coney, 'Arise daughter, go see thy daughter, 
for thy daughter's daughter has a daughter." This Susannah Dawson, afterwards 
Susannah Smedley, was b. the 3d of the 9th mo. 1746, and having seen her gt. gt. 

The 'Dawson Family. 42 1 

at Smyrna, Del., and were respected members of the Society of 

Friends. He d. 12 mo. 5, 1793, in his 75th year, and she d. 

9 mo. 8, 1792, in her 66th year, both at Smyrna. They had 

twelve children, all b. at Smyrna : 

3-28. John, b. 4 mo. 3, 1745, d. 10 mo. 10, 1767. 

3—29. Susannah, b. 7 mo. 2, 1746, d. in Delaware Co., Pa., 11 mo. 29, 

1834, aged 89. CoWGiLL ; Smedley. 
3-30. Dorothy, b. I mo. I, 1748. was living 1788. 1 
3-31. Solomon, b. 2 mo 13, 1749, was living 1788 ; m. 
3-32. Sarah, b. 2 mo. 5, 1751, d. 12 mo. 8, 1766. 
3-33. Benjamin, b. i mo. 13, 1753, was living, 1788. 
3-34. William, b. 3 mo. 15, 1756, was living, 1788 ; m. 
3-35. Elizabeth, b. 11 mo. 24, 1760, d. 9 mo. 8, 1763. 
3-36. Isaac, b. 7 mo. 18, 1763, d. in Queen AnneCo., Md., abt. 1825 ; 

3-37. Jacob, b. 12 mo. 8, 1765, d. an infant. 
3-38. James, b. 4 mo 23, 1767, d. in Chestcrtown, Md., 6 mo. 4, 1823 ; 

3-39. Elizabeth, b. 3 mo. 5, 1769, d. 8 mo. 15, 1778. 

3-1. Sarah Longstreth^ b. 11 mo. 8, 1728-9, d. 9 mo. 21, 
1800, (bur. Pikeland) m. at Abington, 8 mo. 10, 1751, William 
FussELL, = b. 1728-9, d. 1803, or 1804, at Phenixville, Pa. (bur. 
Pikeland). He was enrolled a member of 5th Bat. 6th Artillery 
company of Chester Co., but being a Quaker, it is presumed he 
rendered no service. 3 They had three children : 
4-t. Susannah, b. I mo 29, 1753, d. 7 mo. 26, 1819, Dunkin. 
4-2. Bartholomew, b. in Philadelphia, 9 mo 28, 1754, d. near Yellow 

Springs, Chester Co., Pa., 10 mo. 17, 1838 ; m. 
4-3. Solomon, b. 12 mo. 20, 1755, d. 10 mo. 22, 1793 ; unm. 

3-3. Daniel Longstreth was b. in Warminister town- 
ship, Bucks Co., Pa., on the 28th of April (then called 2d mo). 

gr. father, lived to see her gt. gt. gr. children. She d. 29th of nth mo., 1834, in 
the 89th year of her age."— Extract from a family record in possession of Mrs. 
Martha M. Lewis, of Huntsville, Indiana. The date of birth of Susannah Dawson, 
here given differs from that stated in the above record, which is from the meeting 

' Mentioned with Solomon, Benjamin and William, in their father's will of that 

» Son of Solomon, and Susannah Coney Fussell, and brother of Elizabeth, w. of 
Benjamin Dawson. (2-6). 

3 He was mulcted in '• excise fines" in 1777-1780, in the sums of £,i. 12. 6, and 
JE19. 10. 9. Other "excise fines" levied and collected were as follows: Joseph 
Starr jr. £45. 18. 9, and £3. 5. o; Moses Coates jr., £55. 2. 6, and £3. 5. o; 
Benjamin Longstreth, £50. 5. o, £3. 5. o, and £19. 10. o; Benjamin Coates, £10. 
10. 8 ; Isaac Starr, £3. 5. o. — Pennypacker's History of Phenix-vilU, p. 122. 

422 The Dawson Family. 

1732. When he was in his eighteenth year his father died, 
leaving him the care of a large family of brothers and sisters, to 
whom he supplied, as far as possible, a father's place, fulfilling 
his trust with good judgment and strict fidelity. He was a man 
of fine presence and great firmness of mind ; a Friend in princi- 
ple as well as by profession ; a peace maker, often being called 
upon to settle differences arising between his acquaintances and 
neighbors ; a man of benevolent and sympathetic nature, fre- 
quently interesting himself in behalf of the helpless and friend- 
less ; a man of integrity, possessing the public confidence, being 
often selected as executor and administrator in the settlement of 
estates, also at one time collector of the Provincial tax and at- 
tending to a variety of public affairs. He was a member of the 
Pennsylvania society for the abolition of slavery, and for better- 
ing the condition of people of color, his diploma bearing date 
the 25th of 3 mo., 1793.' He adhered to peace principles during 
the Revolutionary war, notwithstanding the difficulties of his 
situation, being sometimes summoned to the head quarters of 
the army in his neighborhood, but receiving respectful treatment 
fiom the commanding officers. A company of soldiers was at 
one time quartered on him, and the battle of the Crooked Billet 
was fought along the road in front of his homestead.^ For a time 
his capacious garret became a place of safe keeping for the Hat- 
boro Library, a library which, though one of the oldest in the 
country, has still a flourishing existence. He maintained a cor- 
respondence with relatives in England, as late at least, as 1769. 
He m. 1st, at Abington meeting, 5 mo. 22, 1753, Grace 
Michener^ who was b. in Moreland township (now ivlontgomery 
Co., Pa.), 3 mo. 22, 1729, and d. at the homestead, in War- 
minister, 4 mo. 16, 1775.^ They had nine children : 

* He inherited slaves with his father's estate, and probably employed slave labor 
the greater part of his life. He is referred to in the following : " Grandfather had 
a burying ground for slaves alongside of a lane running from the barn near the chest- 
nut tree along Jesse Cleaver's lane. When I was small father took the fence away, 
and ploughed down the graves." — Anna T. Raab daughter of Joseph Longstreth, son 
of Daniel. 

= He built a very commodious and substantial house, enlarging one erected by his 
father, and had what was then considered the most elegantly finished house i